Fearless Friday, Painting with Watercolor Brush Pens

When I first got this set of watercolor brush pens I must admit, I was a little disappointed



With a little practice I learned how to use them, and now I’m crazy about them



Here’s how they look before blending, intense color but dry


A regular brush and water will work with these pens, but the waterbrush pen is so handy

Fill the barrel with water and squeeze whenever a drop or two of water is needed.  It has a cap and can be transported just like any pen or marker



A little water makes magic happen…  💦




You can get a set like this, with water brush included, for under $25 on Amazon here

These supplies are available at art supply and craft stores too, and there are many price ranges



For this eggplant I started with a simple color outline sketch



Next, more color was added and I outlined the spot where I wanted the main highlight



Then I began to blend with the water pen



A lighter magenta was added

More blending



Once the body was about done I began adding color to the stem and leaves



More blending



Further blending and adding color to get rid of lines



What I really love about using the watercolor pens and water brush is that you can create beautiful watercolors anywhere, with no mess or fuss.  I keep them in my art tote with a large sketch book so I am ready to “paint” anywhere

I use a 9″ x 12″ Bellofly Mixed Media Spiral Drawing Pad, the paper stands up to many different mediums.  It has a very sturdy bottom so you can literally draw or paint in your lap, no desk required  see it here



The final step was sharpening the edges by outlining the eggplant with a fine black liner pen




I bet you thought eggplant was part of the Alphabet Challenge for the letter E…

Nope!  “R” is for Eggplant Ratatouille!




Are you hungry for eggplant now?  🍆


Eggplant Parmigiana Pizza


Eggplant, Prosciutto & Gruyère Lasagna

Garden Sliders

If you are thinking of dabbling in watercolor I highly recommend trying watercolor brushes and a waterpen. This is a great way to learn and experiment without investing a alot of money, and the brushpens are more easily controlled than traditional watercolor

Be Fearless!

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22 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Painting with Watercolor Brush Pens”
  1. I have tried these – epic fail…..but will keep on trying because you make it look so easy!

    • keep trying! watercolor is very frustrating and I think it’s the hardest medium because it is the least forgiving. It is also hard for painters like you and me who love acrylic, acrylic is so easy to fix if you don’t like something!

  2. Jodi says:

    I think I have those pens but haven’t used. Will have to play with. That pizza looks to die for!!!

    • You at so good at watercolor Jodi, you might not like these pens because they are a little limiting, but I do love the convenience of them and being able to paint anywhere~

      • Jodi says:

        I thought that when I first got them and just tucked away but I’m guessing there’s a good use for them. Lol. I like to be too loose sometimes. 😜

  3. Jenna, I love your watercolors…the eggplant is no exception! The pizza and lasagne look delish! Happy Fearless Friday!

  4. thefrenchhutch says:

    I think your eggplant ratatouille watercolor is fabulous and you do make it look easy. I know it’s not! One of my favorite dishes is eggplant parmigiana which I make often. I love the frozen eggplant cutlets from TJ’s for the dish and makes it quick and easy. I wold love the eggplant pizza and your garden sliders, I really have to try making those. Have a good weekend…..
    Enjoyed our visit and so nice to see you again…….

  5. Love your beautiful artwork as usual. Those garden sliders look yummy. Enjoy your weekend, Jenna.

  6. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Shelley has these, and hers are from Japan. She loves them! Maybe she’ll let me play with them soon. I love your eggplant, and I do love the intense colors!

  7. Bonnie says:

    I do a lot of Bible journaling. I wonder if these pens can be used on the delicate pages of a Bible. Do you know?

    • I don’t know Bonnie, the water might be a problem. I have experimented with many markers and the best I’ve found so far are Tombow. They are dual ended with a brush tip on one end and a nib on the other. The brush tip comes to a fine point for small areas. This is the only marker I have found that does NOT bleed through paper, but I don’t know about delicate bible paper. You might also try colored artist inks. Good luck, your journaling sounds fascinating.

  8. Sharon Mann says:

    Hi Jenna- Thanks for your tutorial on your brush pen process. It’s always fun to see how we all use the materials available.

  9. Eggplant is a wonderful subject! And I appreciate your well-explained tutorial.

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    You really have made these brushes work for you, Jenna! 👍🎨 Love your eggplant and pomagrant – I like how you left some of your white paper showing. 💜❤️💜

  11. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, I love your eggplant painting. I know that watercolors can be hard to work with. The recipes look great too. enjoy the weekend.

  12. Mary says:

    I love your creativity and fearlessness Jenna! I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful fall weather and can paint away while enjoying an ocean view this weekend. ♥

  13. How fun to see how you create these masterpieces!

  14. I hope your grandchildren are reading your blog and learning from their grandmother!

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