Feeling inspired from my recent trip to Bali, and finding a whole group of fantastic artists online, I took myself off to the local artshop for a 'celebratory' art haul *any excuse….*
This time, I'm following an artist who, like me, LOVES her line work (Frannert) - I have been so inspired by her line work, that I've watched all of her videos, checked out her editorial and other portfolios online, and I decided to purchase a few bits and pieces. Frannert uses an ecole liquid watercolour which gives a really awesome uneven, fluid line and since I'm addicted to the pens, I decided to revisit the brush. On her recommendations i purchased three of the thinnest brushes I could find (she uses a 3/10, 5/10 and 0 I think), and so I bought these - ironically I can't actually see the tips on one brush (eyesight fail) but seriously the control with my brush and acrylic ink Aero Color Professional has been fantastic - it's a Schminkcke branded ink and it's pretty much quick drying and the most opaque ink I've ever used….
Instead of the usual black, I bought a red madder dark and well, as they say, the rest is history… love it.
There are one or two points to note tho, when mixing with water it goes pink instead of light brown (obviously) and it doesn't work particularly well with the paper I've come to love in my Mont Matre sketch book (hard covered), so I'll have to stick with the single page 'good stuff' for non-doodle works.
The brushes are a bit more of a discussion point - I bought a few NEEF and Princeton brushes, and the NEEF i10/0 is holding the colour much better. Although, that could be a 'me' thing: I'm so used to the Faber Castel brush pens that I'm comparing apples and pears. i.e I'm loading the brushes with too much ink. Mind you, I tried the FC brush pen with an acrylic ink wash and I loved the results!
In a nutshell, I go through massive amounts of pens, and the ink looks like it'll last a good couple of years…. the results are good and the lightfastness is apparently fantastic with the acrylic ink, so lets see how I do...
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.