Monday, July 6, 2015

Another Elegant Writer Painting

I will say that this kind of art is improving my handwriting skills, something I have never been very proud of, my cursive writing when I was in school (back in the stone age) was terrible at best, and tended to change if I had to write a long page of text, slanting right, then left, if I didn't have lines to follow, the script wandered up and down and was just generally a mess.

I have been looking at hand writing fonts on my computer, but only to pick out a few letters I want to feature, I have ended up doing my own thing on most of these types of artworks.

I am still playing and experimenting with the Elegant Writer pen, I did another small picture for my niece who came out to visit over the holiday weekend with her mom (my sister) and her dad. I am pretty happy with the handwritten cursive text, I did do it lightly in pencil first, just to get the layout, then went over it with a Micron marker (03 I believe), I then erased the pencil then went back over the letters to give some weight to them.

Here is the picture, you can click on it to make it larger.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Elegant Writer Watercolor Art

I absolutely love YouTube and the wonderful (generous) artists who create tutorials and upload them there. One I found a while back and rediscovered it recently features a calligraphy pen called the Elegant Writer by Speedball. Someone figured out that the black ink in that pen, when activated by water, bleeds out in shades of gray, blue, purple, pink and even some greens. These colors are spontaneous, you can't really control the colors, but if you blot the ink/water mix while it's still wet, you can bring out the more pinky colors.

I am experimenting with this pen now, since I love watercolor, this is a natural for me, you can leave the colors that happen as is, or you can add more color with watercolor, colored pencil or whatever you like, you can also add Micron pens to the mix, those do not bleed when wetted with water.

Here is a quick card I made just a few minutes ago, with the exception of the green in the stem, all the rest of the color happened as a result of using the Elegant Writer and water. I wrote the quote using the Elegant Writer but chose not to wet that, preferring the crisp letters.

Let me know what you think?