Watercoloring with Arteza Real Brush Pens

Anyone that knows me knows I want to be a watercolor artist! I love watercoloring and as long as I can remember I’ve always been drawn to this art medium. It’s so good that we can take this method of coloring and bring it into cardmaking and paper crafts in general. I’m just getting started so the only watercolor markers I had were my Zig Clean Color Markers which I absolutely adore! However, I was looking at getting more types of watercolor pens and I saw the Arteza brand. I watched a few YT videos and I was intrigued to try them out. But, I hesitated to buy them…I guess cause (1) I have to be cognizant of my crafty budget and; (2) what if I don’t like them?!

I already have bought another brand that didn’t turn out too good so I was a bit nervous but I kept seeing how other cardmakers recommended these brush pens and because the 24-pack was selling on Amazon for just a little over $20, I hurried and snagged them! They arrived this week and I had the perfect product to try them out on. I used 2 of the Suzi’s watercolor cards that came in the November Woodland Whimsy Card Kit by Simon Says Stamp. I chose the bear and the snowman with the Christmas tree cards to color.

SSS has a lot of inspiration for how to use this November card kit so you should check out the gallery! Here’s the link >> https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/card-kit-galleries/november-2019-card-kit-gallery/

watercoloring with Arteza real brush pens

For this first card, I started out by heat embossing it so that I could do a water wash. For that I used the Arteza Smoke Gray marker along with the water brush that comes with the set and I just applied a little color and then added the water and let it do the work. I even washed a bit over the bear but as you can see, it doesn’t show up on top of the bear, just around her! (Yes I decided this is a female bear LOL)

Next, it was time to decide what color for my bear and I chose Tawny which I loved and as I colored with these pens it seemed that once dried, it really made the bear look like real fur! Is it ONLY me that’s seeing that?! I loved how evenly the color went on and how it interacted with the water. And I only used one color but I just added more color in different places to give the bear some dimension and not flat. After adding each coat of color, I let the card air dry before moving on. For her tongue, I used Peach. For her eyes and nostrils, I used my White Gel Pen. After she had completely dried, I added glossy accents to her eyes, nose and even the sentiment for a shiny touch. I was going for a whimsical feel for both these cards.

Once I was happy with the bear, I moved onto her scarf. Originally, I wanted a red/yellow scarf, but I messed up and to fix it I ended up mixing the Red and Lemon color markers for orange and then Red to complete the striped pattern (sometimes we mess up in cardmaking and have to go to plan B!) I just colored the hearts with the Red brush pen, splattered some Picket Fence Distress Paint over the card and let all that dry. Finally, I added some snowflakes around the card to really bring in that snowy background! DONE!

Watercoloring with Arteza Real Brush Pens

For this beauty, I started out again heat embossing the card and then using the water wash with the Smoke Gray marker to color everything taking care not to color the tree or the snowman. For the tree, I used Light Green and my White gel pen for the snow.

For the hat, I used Red in combination with Peach around the brim. For the pom pom, I mixed Tawny and Noir (black) cause I wanted a contrast between that and the tree. His nose is Peach as well but for the scarf, I used Lemon and Bubblegum Pink (I LOVE this color!, also used this on the buttons). His mittens are a gradation of Sapphire Blue (I just put on more color and less color and let it dry). For the body of the snowman and the snow, I used my White gel pen and went over those areas a few times to get it to really show up cause I knew that could be hard to see.

For the sentiments, I wash over them with a mix of Light Green and my water brush had some brownish color from another project that when mixed gave a dark mustard shadow which I loved. That was a last minute decision but I really loved how it turned out. So, I let the whole card dry completely and then I went around the edges with that Light Green pen for a distressed look. I used my Artist Pen to color in his eyes a bit more to make them stand out. Lastly, I added sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and this baby was done! Both cards were adhered to Neenah cardstock. The Bear was trimmed slightly smaller than an A2 size while the snowman is an A2 size!

I just had so much fun coloring, I’m not the best at it, but watercoloring… whether you’re good at it or not is still very rewarding. And, I think these came out good enough to add to the Shop (SOLD) and here!

I hope you give these markers a try if you haven’t already cause they are so good and I’m glad that I have more than one set of watercolor brush pens to use now. It gives me more options for future cards, below you’ll find a list of all the products I used for these cards! Thanks for reading! See you next time!

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