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    Unable to read a book without altering it.. Miss Lemon's Avatar
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    I use watered-down gesso. I don't like the chalky whiteness, so I usually add a tiny drop of paint to it - just to take the harshness of the white away.

    I've also used watered-down acrylic paint and acrylic glazes. All do the job nicely.

    Today I planned to try out monoprinting, but in fact I have been doodling with my new ink brush pen. It's more like a paintbrush than a normal brush pen, so quite tricky to get the hang of, but it's easy to make very bold strokes with, which I like.

    I don't really like what I've done so far, but you can see what I mean about it's easy to make bold strokes. The heavy lines were made with just one stroke (it's A5 paper).
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    I cheat and use acrylic undercoat /primer /sealer. I feel as gesso is basically a waterbased white paint with powdered chalk, this is very similar. I do like the chalky feel, but find if I use distress ink pads swooshed on then wipe over with a damp sponge/kitchen roll/baby wipe I get a lovely aged feel. I often stamp images as well this way & do the wiping thing for a soft effect.

    My only "rule" is not to put oil based paint over waterbased as it won't stick. I mix all sorts of water based media together too. BTW if you paint a layer of acrylic, let it dry then a layer of PVA wait till it goes clear then another acrylic layer you get a crackle effect.
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    wow miss lemon - that is fab

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    wow - love that ink brush, it looks very professional. well done.
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    OOps- spot the error?

    I meant to say I don't put water based paint over oil, not the other way around! Because lots of peeps use an acrylic underpainting for an oil painting!!

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    Claudia I think I've got one of those brush pens too - I kept hearing about Pitt Artist Pens, so ordered one to try, not expecting it would have a brush tip! Duh. I'm not sure I like it, but having seen what you'd done maybe I'll play with it a bit more ....

    I'm still searching for a pen which absolutely INFALLIBLY won't run if I put Promarkers (which I've been using a LOT lately) over the writing. Am wondering if the only solution is to wait quite some time between the writing and the colouring so that its totally dry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zullybelle View Post
    Claudia I think I've got one of those brush pens too - I kept hearing about Pitt Artist Pens, so ordered one to try, not expecting it would have a brush tip! Duh. I'm not sure I like it, but having seen what you'd done maybe I'll play with it a bit more ....

    I'm still searching for a pen which absolutely INFALLIBLY won't run if I put Promarkers (which I've been using a LOT lately) over the writing. Am wondering if the only solution is to wait quite some time between the writing and the colouring so that its totally dry?
    not all the Pitt pens have the brush tip - just the ones with B on them. the finer tips are normal bullet tip.

    I like the brush tip for edging stuff, or colouring in - but I use the bullet tip ones for actual writing usually

    Can't help you with the Promarkers thing, I'm afraid, I don't have any to experiment with.

    Love your doodle Claudia - that's one thing I have never got the hang of. I can do messy doodles - in fact I do all the time in boring work meetings But not ones that actually look good.
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    It's a Pentel one which takes ink cartridges. It's designed for manga animation drawing, and the brush is completely soft and flexible like a Japanese calligraphy brush - it's very different from normal brush pens. It takes a lot of skill (which I don't have yet!) to control the thickness of the line accurately.

    I quite like Pitt pens because the ink is waterproof, but they just have a normal brush tip. The finer ones have those metal/fibre tips like Copic/Rotring pens.

    Rosie, I'm not sure anything will withstand Promarker on top, because alcohol breaks down most things to some extent, even dried acrylic paint.

    I'm going to do some sketching today (for my Sketchbook Project book). I must try to be tidy and do one sketch on each page. My usual sketchbooks are a mess of scribbles, diagrams, notes etc all mixed up among sketches and doodles. I can't submit that sort of mess, so I need to change my ways for a while!
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    Can't help you with the promarkers either Rosie as I don't own any

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    still loving those pages ladies - absolutely brilliant.
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    Hey ladies, am tempted to dip my feet in the world of art journaling - could you let me know where you get your supplies from?
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    Jules I stock a range of supplies for art journalling - paints, pens, gel mediums, gesso, ink sprays. I stock what I use in my journals, but take a look at what you already have amongst your supplies as well, you'll probably be able to dip your toe without needing to spend much, if anything. I would invest in gesso and gel medium though if anything at all.

    HTH's.

    Just want to add I'm a regular on this thread - I don't haunt it to push sales

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    Thanks Vicki - can't help but wish that I hadn't just looked at your shop though, I'm now tempted to spend a small fortune lol
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    I can understand that! I love to just sit amongst it all. Not sure if that makes me a freak or if it's normal

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    how I;'d love to 'just sit amongst it' too
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