Art essentials on the go
How I mix baby brush pens to create colors I love.
Falling in love with a new art material is like getting a song stuck in your head.
Lately I’ve got brush pens filled with liquid watercolor mixes swirling around in my brain and I wanted to share the materials with you. Mixing and working beautifully with water-soluble and other wet supplies is fun!
Why mix colors & brands inside the brush?
Creating your own colors1 means you have something truly unique to you. I mix the brands below because they don’t fully emulsify, so I get a bit of a surprise at the end of the brush every time I use one. Goodbye, expectations. Hello happy, fun drawing experience!
Would I use these for final art? Probably not. Will practicing drawing in this relaxed way translate to final art? It hasn’t failed me yet!
In the video below for paid members, I show how I mix my favorite colors and go through some of the drawings I made on a trip. I’d love to share with you!
Materials & Mentions:
Daler Rowney Aquafine - So luscious! And quite concentrated.
Ecoline Liquid Watercolor - So nice to mix with the Daler Rowney above.
Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Liquid Watercolors - Not my favorite, but I do use them because they were $2.99 at Art Center. Kinda chunky. Do not recommend.
Pentel Aquash Water Brush Mini Round - Perfect size and squish level. If you have a clogged one (and a bit of patience and time) here’s a video on how to clean them.
Zoo Cam - An annual subscription is worth every penny for practicing animals. Incredible quality and the Lincoln Park Zoo lion pride will send your heart into orbit!