Featured Artist: Tsarina Rina
Tsarina Rina is a doodle dreamer from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. An ordinary IT-girl, she has grown her artistic soul from scratch. A love of photography and details others don’t see inspire her to create. Rina has a passion for plants, flowers, and feathers – take a look at her multi-level 3D paper crafts. Although her style is already recognisable, she continues on her endless search for new forms and ideas. Tsarina Rina believes everyone can create beauty. No matter when you start.
This month we’ve supplied you with a selection of water-based colour pens. Use them directly to add colour with deep rich tones or create washes with water or the blender pen to spread and blend the colours. Before you start your challenge piece, we suggest you create a swatch sheet for each colour on one of the paper sheets first to see how dark the colours are and how they react with water.
ScrawlrTip: Don’t have a brush to hand? Just dip your AquaTint brush tip in water. Keep a bit of tissue to hand to soak up any excess water.
What was in the box?
Karin BrushmarkerPRO – https://amzn.to/2CGiQGE
The BrushmarkerPRO use their “liquid ink” technology to maintain the intensity and control of colour until the last drop. They are equipped with a super durable and flexible Japanese nylon tip and contain non-toxic paints with an intense dye based colour. The colours can be mixed directly by contacting the ends of the markers, by using the blender pen or wash out with water to create tonal transitions. Test how far a small amount colour can stretch when you add water.
Caran D’ache Fibralo Fibre Pens – https://amzn.to/2YxsRix
The stroke of this artist quality fibre-tipped colouring pen is transformed on contact with water to create surprising effects. The water-based ink will not bleed through paper and can be washed out of most modern fabrics. The bright, transparent colours will not dry out for days with the cap left off.
Spectrum Noir Aquatint – https://amzn.to/2HLoueQ
Each AquaTint pen is filled with bright water-soluble dye-based ink, dispensed through a fine nylon brush. Colour can be applied directly, as accurately or freely as you wish, then blended out with water. You can even just dip the nib in water and use like a regular brush for a very light colour wash, great for moving and blending colours from the other pens.
Artline Drawing System Pen – https://amzn.to/2HVYNre
A precision-manufactured drawing pen with a low-friction nib held in a steel frame. It has a ribbed grip zone for comfortable, accurate control to deliver the high quality water-resistant pigment ink, perfect for watercolours. The closely fitting airtight cap, also boasts a strong metal pocket clip.
Caran D’ache Edelweiss Pencil – https://amzn.to/2Yx2OYT
A simple HB pencil with premium Swiss manufacturing. Intended for artistic and technical drawing, these graphite pencils have with superior quality leads and FSC® certified cedar wood barrels.
Helix Pencil Cap Eraser – https://amzn.to/2CCGAvl
These hi-polymer erasers slide easily onto the end of pencils without erasers, or even ones with worn-out erasers. They are made from a high-quality polymer material that leaves behind minimal eraser dust. The erasers are PVC and latex free.
Botanical Ultra Smooth 300gsm
Botanical Ultra Smooth is 300gsm, mould made from 50% cotton. The absence of acid guarantees excellent permanence and resistance to ageing. It contains optical brighteners to give a bright white colour and is ideal for botanical watercolour painting as well as charcoal, pastels and graphite. ScrawlrTip: One side will be smoother than the other, so choose wisely.