Fearless Friday, Art on Black Paper

In the spirit of Inktober and Halloween,

today we’re going to talk about some cool ideas

for drawing and painting on black paper

Black paper and colored gel pens can produce some magical effects!

I have been using this paper occasionally

for the Inktober art challenge

For the #9 prompt, “nest”

I drew a bird in a nest on top of a power pole with a white gel pen

Simple drawings become quite dramatic

when you draw on black paper with a white pen,

like the raccoon below

Even this simple line drawing of a flower garden with butterflies

looks dramatic

Zentangle art,

filling an image with shapes and patterns,

looks great on black paper too

Another way to add interest to a simple drawing

is to add detail to some areas while leaving other areas

indicated with just a simple line

like in the chef drawing below

For the Inktober prompt day #11, “eagle,”

I drew an eagle with a white gel pen

and then colored his beak with a yellow gel pen

I know it looks kind of green,

some colors do better than others 😂

You can add one color or several with a paint pen

like in the Hershey’s Kiss below

These bubbles turned out cool,

I used a circle template and then added colored lines with gel pens

to indicate refracted light

For the spiral below I used colored pencils,

and white and gold gel pens

Experiment with things you have to discover what works

I have found that gold gel pens work really well on the black paper

For the angels face and body I used paint

Yes, you can paint on black paper too!

I used acrylic craft paint for the angel and the snowmen

Next time you want to amp up your creativity,

try creating art with black paper~

I made a source list for you below:

Juicy Details

All of these art supplies are widely available in art supply stores, Hobby Lobby and Michaels

dickblick.com and jerrysartorama are good online sources

Links to my recommended products are provided through Amazon below. I am not an affiliate of these sources, just sharing my knowledge and sources

black paper/amazon here

colored gel pens/amazon here

set of white, silver and gold gel pens/amazon here

Have some fun with black paper and

Be Fearless!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

 What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

  Oh My Heartsie Girl / Turn About Tuesday 

  Karin’s Cottage Linky Party / Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

 Full Plate Thursday/ Creatively Crafty/ Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade

25 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Art on Black Paper”
  1. I’m glad you posted this. I have one black sketchbook and I never use it but now I’m inspired!

  2. Love these all, especially the bubbles!

  3. Kari says:

    I love the art on black paper…it really pops. I love all your work as it makes me want to get out paper and brush and get busy. You make it look so easy, that I always think I can do it. But somehow, my shapes and forms are just that…no
    cohesiveness at all, LOL
    Blessings dear friend

  4. Oh Jenna, I love all of your art on black paper. This is truly amazing. I can’t choose a favorite! Happy Friday!

  5. Jessica says:

    Wow!! Those drawings are SO cool!!! I might try that black paper! Thank you.

  6. Wow!! I love this! Have a good weekend, Jenna.

  7. Julie says:

    I love your drawings on black paper with the gel pens. It looks like it’s fun to draw this way and now you’ve inspired me to try this out. Happy Friday Jenna.

  8. Those are some really cool drawings, Jenna.

  9. lghiggins says:

    I agree with your word “dramatic” to describe art on black paper!

  10. I really love all of this!! Brought back memories as I remember doing this in art class in school a very, very long time ago!! Love the angel and the snow men!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Hope you are having a great weekend!!

  11. Kim says:

    Jenna, I love this art on black paper – it looks like so much fun! I think my favorite is the bubbles but the “Boo” is so cute too. What a very cool idea!

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