Hello everyone Kerry Engel here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. Today I am having some SERIOUS fun with my Tombow Dual Brush pens! While I was in Barcelona last spring we toured many of Antoni Guadi’s buildings. I completely fell in love with Guadi’s work, especially his tiles and stain glass. They inspired many pages in my art journal and this layout.
When I got home I knew I had to try a scrapbook page with the technique. I used watercolour paper as my base, a good mixed media paper would work well too. I taped the paper to my surface with washi tape to keep any wild paint spots from migrating too far off the page. To create the tiles I drew random shapes with Tombow Dual Brush pens. My vision was to create a rainbow wave of colour. I started drawing the shapes in one corner of the paper with yellow. Then I progressed across the page moving from yellow to orange to pink, purple and then blue. After I drew the shapes I filled them in, starting with yellow and following the same colour progression. As I moved across the page the colours begin to merge.
TIP: Leave the middle of the shapes empty! This will allow the colour to puddle and blend when you add water. To activate the Tombow Dual Brush marker – use a paint brush and plain water and simply paint in the shapes.
I like to wet my brush and then dab the water in the middle of the shape first (in the white space in the centre). Using the brush, push the water into the ink to blend. This helps me to retain a lighter or white space in the middle. I like to leave some white spaces I think it creates more dimension. Not over mixing the colours or over brushing will let the ink puddle. After everything dries I traced the shapes in black and then journalled inside the shapes. After I made the background paper I layered it on printed paper and then I added a bunch of fun embellishments from Simple Stories, Emoji Collection.The title was created on my cutting machine. The vibrant ink in the Tombow Dual Brush pen creates such a show. I’ve been using them for a few years now and they never disappoint.
Have a wonderful day everyone!