I’ve been experimenting with the Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens, have you tried them yet? They are a fine line marker pen filled with an opaque, water-based paint and I’ve got to say I’m a bit in love with them. There are lots of techniques you can do with them but I thought I would show you these fun little watercolour effect gem journaling cards I’ve made and how I made them.
You Will Need:
Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens
ZIG Watercolor BrusH2O
American Crafts Becky Higgins Project Life Dies
You need to draw some gem shapes. If you can’t sketch the shapes try making yourself a paper template like the one shown above for the octagonal shaped gem.
It is a symmetrical shape so I folded a piece of paper in half then half again and drew the shape in the folded corner of the paper, then cut it out.
Now when you unfold the paper you have the gem basic shape. You can draw around it on the watercolour paper in pencil and fill in the interior details by hand.
Next I added colour using the Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens and a waterbrush. Press the nib of the Graphik Line Painter pen on a piece of plastic so that some of the paint comes out, then pick up the paint with the waterbrush and fill in the different sections of the gem sketch.
Colour each section of the gem separately to give each ‘side’ of the gem different colour intensities, as if the light was catching the gem in different ways.
Let the gem sketch dry completely then with a clean waterbrush add water to one of the gem sides. Before the water has time to dry flick the pen over the picture, the pen will give a nice splatter effect and with luck the gem side with the water will catch some more colour to give a really intense look.
Let the paint dry completely then cut the gem sketch out with the journaling die to use as a journaling card.
Catch you later.