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Acrylic Markers

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Something about a pony brings out the creativity in me. This one measures 12”x9”. It’s on Yupo paper.

As my marker journey continues, I thought I’d give acrylic a try. Why? Opacity. Sometimes, I like to blot out layers, a little or even a lot. I also like permanent materials more and more.

I chose a set of 40 Arteza acrylic paint markers, mainly because of the price and the wide variety of colors. I learned a lot about these markers after four hours of painting/drawing this pony. Here are some tips:

  • Nibs: This set comes with a round nib in each marker but has replacement chisel nibs for all 40. I learned quickly that the chisel nib was perfect for me—quick laying down of color using the flat edge, and a fine line with the tip. Too bad I had tested them all with their original nib, but it’s incredibly easy to swap.
  • Initial paint flow: After watching a few YouTube videos, I was convinced I’d have to pump these markers a ton to get the paint flowing. Don’t. Simply depress them five to ten times, and then stand them upright. The paint will travel down the nib in a few minutes.
  • Chill out: Again, YouTubers led me to think one should depress the nibs not only numerous times to get paint flowing but also with a lot of pressure. You’ll likely ruin the nib if you do that, and it’s not needed. Just be patient and careful and it’ll work out.
  • Crazy amount of bright colors: These markers are probably used for crafting, drawing on metal, glass, stone, fabrics, etc., so the color choices lean toward cheerful, even fluorescent, not suited to my critters and landscapes. I’ve learned to put down a darker, solid color and layer it with the brighter choices. It’s one way to keep from using up my one brown, gray, and yellow ochre.
I removed all 40 nibs and replaced them with the chisel nib. Probably wasted a lot of paint.

I’m pretty enamored with markers, but I haven’t yet used them without also using a brush with some diluted paint. For the pony, I used Liquitex acrylic gouache for the background and shadows. Using a brush gives an expressive feeling I haven’t yet figured out how to achieve with just a marker.

Ice Pony

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India ink on Ampersand Claybord, 8”x6”

Still enjoying markers, again on a Claybord, mixing ink and scratchboard techniques.

Wool on linen using only the fly stitch, 5”x5”

And to continue the chilly theme, here’s an exercise I completed for my embroidery class. This lesson was on value.

Claybord Ponies

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Like the bunnies I drew last week, I spent all my art time this week working on another Ampersand Claybord. This time, ponies!

I’m fascinated with Claybord and how both the Golden High Flow Acrylics and the Derwent Drawing Pencils work on the surface. What seems far too vivid and strong with the acrylic paint at first, mellows into a rich and earthy palette once I add the Derwent pencils. Adding the scratching gives it an old-fashioned look, something I didn’t even know I wanted.

I start with a rough sketch on paper, sample it again on mineral paper and add in some scratching to see how it works, create a background in the Claybord panel (6″x6″) with acrylics, and then lightly draw in the subject, swapping back and forth between pencils and scratching until it feels done. I didn’t plan any background with this one but let it develop from the colors, lights and darks. I had no idea these two little ones would be in a meadow when I started out.