VIDEO: Watercolour And Pen Project Walkthrough

Watercolour and pen pattern adding texture in the background. By Kim Dellow

Do you like blooms? I bit of an odd question I know! Ok, let me explain! I’m not talking about flowers but I’m talking about watercolour blooms, you know that jaggered edge texture you that can develop when two wet areas of watercolours meet? Some people don’t like them but I really like the texture that they make and they are totally one of the fun features of using watercolours.

Recently, I’ve been playing about with them and today’s video share is a project walkthrough where I’ve used this jaggered edge bloom property of watercolour paint to make a textured background for an drawing or an illustration.

VIDEO: Watercolour And Pen Project Walk-through

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Fabriano Watercolour paper Not

Winsor and Newton watercolour paint

Deep well palette

Sakura pigma micron pen

Jackson’s Art Raven brush size 0

Heat tool (optional)

Close-up of the pen pattern adding texture in the background. By Kim Dellow

The pen pattern is based on a recent Art Slice design I’ve been playing with. I’ve just used one element for this project and added in some character by changing the line thickness and adding in some texture in the centre. 

So are you a bloomer?! Let me know below! If you are new to it I hope that you will give it a go and have fun with it!



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Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. kartenkunst

    Are bloomers still in fashion???? You wearing such things? LOL
    I do definitely like blooms of all kind.

    Instead of watercolour I often take normal inks… which can be watered down for more subtle colours. They work on watercolour paper just the same as watercolour paint.

    Btw… I did not forget the thing with these sponge erasers.. only was busy. But in the meantime I have tried them – as we said some time ago – if they work on acrylic paint on canvas board. Well.. they don't, that paint really stays put.

    Greetings from Germany

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hiya Rena,
      Ha Ha! I thought I would bring bloomers back into fashion 😀 😀 Ok maybe not the wearable type! We also have a bread called a bloomer 😀 Did you come across it when you lived here? Don't know if that is a Europe wide thing or just a thing here!

      Yeah, not much will budge acrylic paint once it is dry. Solvents work though, have you tried them? So if you have an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that works! Try it!

      Have a totally creative weekend!

  2. kartenkunst

    LOL… you are always so funny
    yes, I do know the edible bloomer 😉

    No, I don't have any sort of hand sanitiser, but I will keep that in mind.
    Right now I have my hands on wooden things with chalk paint.
    Also bought some new colours of acrylic paint and some stretched canvas (I usually use canvas boards). I have some ideas in my head, only the days are never long enough.
    Speaking of… need to go bed.
    Greetings from rather cold and wet Germany
    Have a lovely weekend

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