How to watercolor with Tombow pens, Smitha’s Sketchbook 03, New Galaxy and Pastel Tombow sets!

How to watercolor with Tombow pens, Smitha’s Sketchbook 03, New Galaxy and Pastel Tombow sets!


Hello friends! Welcome to another Smiling
Colors video! I’m Smitha and today I am sharing a favorite technique of mine- how
to watercolor with tombow pens. I’ll walk you through the steps on how I created these
watercolored flowers in my sketchbook, what papers and colors I used. So let’s get started. Tombow just released two new sets of their
ever popular Dual Brush pens- a pastel and a galaxy set. Since I am on their design team
I got my hands on them early and I did some quick hand lettering with each set to get
a idea of how these colors go together. I personally love both these color sets and
you can click on the link that will pop up in right hand corner now to see exactly what
color numbers are included in each of these sets. Now if you already own the set with
all 96 colors, you are good. These pens are already part of the 96 colors
— To do my watercoloring, I am using a a mixed
media sketchbook, I also have my blending palette and a water mister. I have a round
watercoloring brush and I list all the supplies I use in my blog post at www.smilingcolors.com. I am using the Galaxy Dual brush pen set today.
It comes with these 9 beautiful colors and also a colorless blender pen is included in
the set. I won’t be using that blender pen in this video but I have previous videos in
which I show how to use it and I will link a few of those below for you to check out. Now I am going to create a paint palette of
sorts and to do that I am simply scribbling each color of the Dual brush pens onto the
palette. If you don’t have this blending palette, you can use a sheet of wax paper,
a painters palette pad, an acrylic stamp block or simply a laminated sheet of paper as well.
You just want a slick surface that won’t absorb the pigment color. This Blending palette
is really not expensive and easily available on the Tombow website and I always keep one
with my pens. Okay so now I have 9 colors ready to go. I will be misting some water
on top of these and picking up color onto my paint brush. I’m first going to create a background grayish
area by picking up the color from the palette and then painting it onto the paper. Next
I am misting the pink colors and I’ll start adding flower shapes. I do a have light pencil
outline sketched out already here, it kind of helps me know where I want the big flowers
to be. Flowers in general have multiple shades of color- and so every time I am picking up
color from the palette I mix a few colors to create new shades. This way my flower some
more variation in color and a little depth to it. I always give the color a few seconds
to dry and absorb, so you see me alternating between the two flowers here. I really LOVE
these pink shades and though this set is made with a galaxy in mind I thought the color
scheme would translate well with some flowers and leaves as well. Now this is the basic process I am going to
follow for the entire sketch. I am speeding up the video here as I paint in the large
leaves, small leaves and even smaller filler leaves. One thing I want to mention here,
I am not bringing too much water to my paper. Even though I am using a mixed media sketchbook
today, this particular paper tends to warp or pill if I add too much water. It tolerates
a small to medium amount of water, just not too too much. If you want a really soft dreamy
watercolor effect you should always use a heavier weight watercolor paper. But that
wasn’t the look I had in mind today, I wanted my colors to be vibrant and I didn’t want
to water down the colors too much. There are so many fun techniques you can try with these
pens- which is why I love them so much! Okay back to my sketch. I am adding a few
details onto the leaves here with the grey Dual brush pen. I found the marker tip to
be great for this purpose and I love that you have the same exact colors that you just
watercolored with to use as a marker now. How cool is that? Adding marker details is
personally my style and this is a step that you could do if you want to skip altogether.
I always like to define my flowers with a black outline though. And I am using the Mono
drawing pen with the finest tip the 01 size. These come as a set of three pens of various
thcikenesses 05, 03 and 01. I’m using the 01 here now and am doodling thin lines into
the leaves. You could instead also use the same colored Dual Brush pen itself to add
some details or a fine paint brush too. To add a hand lettered phrase to this I am
using the Mono drawing pen in 05 thickness and lettering in my alphabets slowly. Going
slow keeps your hand steady and the lines neat. Finally, since I have added so many grey and
black details, I am adding a few dots of white to the center of the flowers using some watercolors.
You could use a white paint pen or a gel pen too. And this is how my finished watercolor sketch
turned out. For me sitting down with my sketchbook is therapeutic really. When I feel like things
are getting crazy with the kids, school, house and life in general, I like to steal 30 minutes
to myself. Just me, my paint brush and colors is what I need to make me a better me I guess. Give the video a thumbs up if you liked it
and let me know in the comments below I hope you have a great day and happy crafting! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel
and for more information visit my website www.smilingcolors.com

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