Solid Black Sketchbook Painting Ideas! Using Posca Pens, Metallic Watercolors & Pastel Pencils!

Solid Black Sketchbook Painting Ideas! Using Posca Pens, Metallic Watercolors & Pastel Pencils!


– Hey, guys, welcome back to my channel. In my last video, I showed
you guys that I got a bunch of new art supplies including black paper, but sometimes when you
see cool new art supplies in the store, you might feel
a little bit intimidated because on one hand you have
never actually used it before and on the other hand you have no idea what you can actually do with it, and that’s why I’m here to help. I personally think that
black paper is so underrated, and that’s why I wanted to
show you guys a few fun ideas that you can try out on black paper so you can get a little
bit familiar with that and then you can come up
with your own awesome ideas. Now, there are different
brands selling black paper. I will be using the
Black Book by Hahnemuhle because it has rather
thick and smooth paper, but you can use any other
brand that is available to you. As always, I will link all the
art supplies I will be using in this video in the
description box down below, so don’t forget to check it out. Now, the first idea is very simple, and it’s something we
probably all have done at some point in our lives or
still do from time to time, and that’s creating mandalas, dot art inspired by the
Aborigines, or a mixture of both. I know there are five million
ways how to pronounce mandala, but let’s not focus on that in this video. Now, the reason why I think
creating this type of art on black paper is awesome is because you can use really bold colors that really stand out on the paper. Usually you would use white
paper, divide the sections, create beautiful patterns, and then you would color
them in with colored pencils, markers, or watercolors, or
something completely else. But here I actually use my Posca pens which work great on dark surface. Now, you might need to
test out some colors because some of them
might be just too dark, but a lot of them are super vibrant, bright, and very coloring. So for my design, I incorporated
elements of the mandala and also the dot art and
used a limited color palette. So I used gold, green, white color pens and tried to make everything
look really balanced. If you want, you can of course
plan out your design first. You could either do that
on a simple piece of paper, or if you have a tablet such as an iPad and have the program called Procreate or any other app that can
create these types of designs. You can easily plan it out if you want, adjust everything, and
see what design you like. And that’s what I actually did. I used Procreate on my iPad
and designed everything before I actually transferred
that onto the black paper. And sometimes I accidentally
created interesting lines that I didn’t plan out by
touching something by accident. And I actually really liked it in the end. Now, if you’re completely
new to drawing a mandala, I actually have a video about that with I show you step-by-step
how to create your own design. So I will have the link in
the description box down below so you can check it out. Another idea of what you can do is using metallic watercolors
that really stand out and shine on this type of background. To show you guys a very simple
idea of what you can paint, I used my Coliro metallic watercolors and painted some flowers. First, I taped down the
paper to create a frame, and then I painted one rose at a time. Again, I have a whole video about how to create those
flowers super easily, so you can check it out. The link will be in the
description box down below. Here I used different
pinks, purples, greens, and even added a little bit
of gold dots here and there. And not only the black paper,
but also the black frame around it makes the design
look so fancy, in my opinion. Now, besides using the black
paper as just background, you can also use the black
paper as part of your painting. Another color that stands
out on black paper is white, and that’s why I wanted to use a white charcoal pen for this idea. I’m quite new to this medium, so I wanted to plan around
with something more simple so I looked our for some
silhouettes with shadows and light and found various cool ideas and decide to paint a mug
with hot coffee or tea in it because I love me some
coffee and green tea. So here I used a white charcoal pen and lightly sketched out the mug while focusing only on the outlines first. And because here we
have two light sources, one on the left and one on the right, I lightly went over the left
and right side of the mug to add the light. The very center will stay black, as here the mug doesn’t get any light. I also felt like it was easier to slowly build up the highlights, so I created a very light
white layer of charcoal and blended it out so later I can add even more white charcoal on
top to intensify the light. And because there’s
something hot in the mug, I added some steam above it. Here I first sketched
out a very scribbly line starting just really small and then made it bigger
and bigger to the top, making the amount of steam
even more intense on top. Again, I focused on the left
and right side of the lines and made them slightly thicker and more intense in a few areas. If you need some inspiration, you can always Google
the terms steam and mug to get an idea where to add more light and where to keep the
dark areas on the paper. Once I had the general
outlines and highlights, I went back with a white Posca pen and added a few very bright highlights to a few areas where
the light hits the most. But you can also just
use the white charcoal and press more firmly. But the black paper is also great for painting the fascinating nature of soap bubbles and
their beautiful colors. Now, it might look a
little bit intimidating, but if you just focus
on one line at a time, don’t rush anything, and just
paint one step at a time, you will see that it’s not that difficult. So here I first created
circles in different sizes using a pencil and different
round shapes for the outlines, and then I went ahead and slowly started to build up one bubble at a time. I started out with
creating a few very bright light reflections on the left
and right side of the bubbles using silver metallic watercolors. Very minimal, just to get some
idea and feel for the light. Don’t worry if you don’t
have metallic watercolors. You can also use colored
pencils, Posca pens, markers, or even charcoal, whatever’s available to
you that you like to use and that is visible on black paper. And then what you want to do is you want to add different colors that
you can see in a soap bubble, such as blue, green, and purple. And depending on the surrounding and the thickness of the bubble, you will see different colors. For this exercise, I
mostly used yellow, blue, purple, and green. Again, I would recommend
you look for soap bubbles on Google to have some
reference to work with. Don’t feel bad for
using reference pictures because sometimes you simply don’t know how certain things look like. The important thing here is to follow the shape of the bubble. So here I added a little bit of glue to the lower right side of
the bubble along the outline and then a little bit of
this magenta violet color to the upper left side, but here I created bigger
shapes next to the outline while following the curve of the bubble. As you can see, the shapes are slightly
curved, not straight. Here again, I’ll have to add some space in between the outline
and the magenta color. And then I added more of those colors to the left and right side. If you used a reference picture, pay close attention to all the colors and where exactly they are on the bubble. So for example, if you
see purple reflections, pay attention only to those at first and add them to the paper, and then you can move on to another color. I think this way you won’t feel lost where to place which color to make it look like a soap bubble. To intensify the reflections, I used a silver metallic color again and applied it to the violet
color right at the lower corner on the right side of the bubble, and then I just added two
small dots in between. Now, all soap bubbles are different, so I just want to show
you guys the process of building up the object step-by-step so you can use any reference
you like to practice it. The fun part of painting bubbles is that it’s all about adding
curved lines and different colors while keeping a little bit
of black areas in between. So as long as you follow the
round shape of the bubble, keep a lot of black space, just a few colored lines here and there, we’ll make a simple circle look like a beautiful soap bubble. Iridescent or interference
metallic watercolors look absolutely beautiful on black paper because they reflect the
light so beautifully. But as I said earlier, this
works with any other medium. It just might not be super vibrant or won’t reflect the light. I also found a ton of
amazing ideas on Instagram by various different artists. I will link them all in the
description box down below, so go check them out
and show them some love. But they are just incredible. This artist, for example, she created this bulb just
by using Prismacolors. Also, there are these flowers
with pastel and this goldfish. And it’s just, I can’t even. I think it’s such a great idea. And as you can see, black
paper is so underrated. You can create such beautiful artworks. So I would highly
recommend to test it out. For more ideas what you can paint, you can check out the videos right here. I really hope you enjoyed this
video and found it helpful. Don’t forget to subscribe
if you’re new here. I upload new videos every single week. Thank you guys so much for watching. Have a wonderful idea, and
I will see you soon, bye!

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