Above: This is another spread from my 7.75 x 9.75 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal. I was using the Winsor & Newton Watercolor Marker in Payne's gray to test how it worked for me as a sketching tool. I used the brush tip this time and the line is much thicker and can be varied a little. Gouache was added afterwards and the backgrounds here are a mix of Montana Markers (acrylic) and gouache, with some metalic color pencil at the far left as a first layer in the background. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I still haven't decided how well I like working with the Winsor & Newton Markers (see Monday's post about them; it also includes a link to my first review of them), but I am enjoying the experiment phase.
I think that when I get back to doing full-up gouache paintings I'll really enjoy these for laying in the preliminary sketch.
I know it's not Friday but I think playing with these to test them would make a great Project Friday. Do a couple still lives where you don't wet the lines or add other paints. Do a couple sketches where you do wet the lines and mix in other colors. Compare the strokes you get from each tip. Try them with all the different paints you like to use, on all your favorite papers, and bingo bango…you're ready to go. I've only been able to grab a few minutes here and there and usually when I'm tired and not concentrating very hard. But I'm looking forward to working with them on different papers.