I recently purchased and downloaded a video from Interweave Press by Jane LaFazio entitled “From Art Journaling to Art”. From the first minute of the video, she insists that she can teach you how to create art…..and she delivers!!!
Her work starts by making a light pencil drawing of her inspiration. She then uses a permanent pen to outline the design and add interest lines. She suggests using a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen…..
Next step is to use water colors to add color to the drawing. She used four different types of color…..
BUT, the best tip that she gave was the type of brush that she used…… a Niji Waterbrush. A waterbrush has a barrel handle that allows water to be stored in it. You simply squeeze the barrel and water flows onto the brush. I bought one Niji brand (on the right) and also a Koi brand (on the left).
The really nice thing about using the paint brush is that you dont have to carry around a cup of water when you want to paint. All you need is a few layers of paper towel to wipe the brush on. To clean the brush, you simply squeeze out some water and make a few brush strokes on the paper towel!!!
Jane had one other tip….use a water soluble pen to draw your design and then take the brush and pull out some of the black to add shading to your drawing. It really works!!!!
I had been playing with some doodles before I purchased the video, so I went in and added color to the page, using all four of the paint types, as well as the water soluble ink……
I think that I will take this exact packet of goodies on my China trip and try to spend some time sitting at the numerous parks and doodling, drawing, painting…sounds like fun!!