I have not used a watercolor pallet for three weeks now, just the Faber-Castel makers I bought in Paris. Here are a few sketches and some things I have learned.
This is one of the first things I did with the markers. The lesson here is that you can blend and lighten the colors with a water brush, and mix colors. So I put red around the center of the flower and blended out, worked pretty well, then just a hint of blue lightened with the water brush added some depth. For the tasse de café, I used the blue full strength but left bits of white.
More with the blending and treating the brush pen like actual watercolor, decent results, but I think the white highlights with the gel-pen look more like snow, not a great look, but an overall good learning experience. This was a first step in learning that though the watercolor brushes are a lot like regular watercolor they are not the same so need to be used differently.
I did this on tan paper, motivated by Van Gogh’s famous sunflower painting. The markers worked well in creating the desired results; the white pen highlights work a lot better here. Now if it just sells for as much as the Van Gough version I will be living high for the rest of my life.
You can layer just like with normal watercolor, getting deeper color each time.
This was from a trip to Laval to get our COVID booster shots. I am learning that I don’t have to color in a whole area. On the rampart wall I used the marker just for the shaded areas and to indicate shape.
One thing the markers help with, other than simplicity, is helping me get more bold in my colors, something I have tried to do for a long time. I am pretty sure these will be a major part of my kit for a long time as they are a joy to use, and any frustrations are just learning curve problems.
So if you are looking for something new to try, give watercolor brush pens a try, let me know how it goes.