Thursday, 30 July 2015

Little Missy Duck Painting in Pen and Wash

Pen and wash painting is just SO easy. You can use either your watercolor or acrylic paints. Whichever you use, your paints will last forever. 

Benefits of Pen and Wash Painting

There are two main benefits here. 
If you happen to be allergic to chemicals, even the ingredients in watercolor paints or acrylic paints, and you experience a great urge to use your creative talents, you will be exposed to far less chemicals when using this method of painting. Sometimes you only need to touch the tip of your damp brush into the tube of paint. This is then mixed with water and goes a LONG way. 

If you don't have much money and a tube of paint is like gold to you, then this is a very economical way to use your creativity. A little paint goes such a long way.

Little Missy Duck painted in Pen and Wash Acrylic paint


  • Lightly draw your design with black lead pencil onto your watercolor paper. Watercolor paper comes in different thicknesses. To start with use 210gsm paper. You will not have to stretch it. If you use 180gsm you will need to stretch it. That makes it more complicated to prepare. 
  • Wet the area you want to paint with clean water. 
  • Add a touch of paint to the area and watch it spread through the water. Paint another section while that one is drying. Paint each area until you are happy with your design. Let dry.
  • Take a fine point permanent pen and outline your painting. Make some of the lines broken or made of dots for added effect.
  • Sign it then frame.


When painting different areas of your painting, do not paint adjacent areas at the same time unless you want them to blend. Paint areas that are not touching to keep the paint in the area you want. 

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Little Missy Duck
Size 7 1/2 inches x 5 1/4 inches
13.3 cm x 19 cm

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