Victorian Rose Watercolor

Hi friends! Today I have a relaxing pen and ink with watercolor tutorial for you!

This botanical style vintage heirloom rose is fun to draw with a waterproof pen and then watercolor over. I painted this on a greeting card but you can work whatever size you like.

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I hope you try a pen & Ink with watercolor project soon! Just a reminder, today is the last day to save 50% on my Watercolor Landscape Workshop with coupon code FALLCOLOR or Learn to Draw with Lindsay with coupon code INKTOBER. *Links above should contain the discount but use the coupon code if discount does not appear. That reminds me, I need to get my final Inktober drawing done! I’ll post a wrap up in a couple of days. Til then Happy crafting!

Easy Koi Fish Watercolor Real-Time Tutorial

Hi friends! Today I wanted to paint a light and delicate koi fish painting!

Many times I am after this look but the paint gets heavy and I am not thrilled with the outcome. I think I managed to keep it light without overworking it. This fun video will take you less than 30 minutes and some supplies you probably have on hand. Let’s paint!

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Pen& Ink with Watercolor Tutorial: Fuchsia Flower

Hi friends!  Earlier this week I was playing with some new fine-liners. They were intended to be used for drawing under alcohol ink markers but I wondered if they would work under watercolor too so I gave them a try.57099028_10213948603534627_7983190502033850368_o (1).jpg

They worked great! I shared the painting on Instagram and asked people if they would like a step by step tutorial on the process and they did so that is what I have for you today!

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Not only can you watercolor over the pens but if you have a ho-hum painting that you want to sharpen up you can do the inking on top. Give it a try and see what you like best! Til next time happy crafting!

Pen & Ink with Watercolor Wash LIVE Today @ 12:30pm ET

Hi friends!  I really think you are going to enjoys today’s free live tutorial! Here is the practise piece I worked up this morning:


All you need is a waterproof pen, watercolors and any watercolor paper that is not too rough. Since the pen drawing takes care of most of the detail we can simply splash on some paint using non aggressive techniques so cheap paper will be fine. You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm eastern time (New York time.) I recommend if you want to paint along that you download the pattern below and have it drawing in ink on your paper prior to the live stream. I spent an hour drawing the final sketch on my “good” watercolor paper last night so plan on taking that long to draw or about 20 minutes to trace before painting.

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That’s all for right now! I hope to see you live at 12:30 for a fun watercolor lesson! Till then happy crafting!


Hey Chickadee! Pen & Ink/Watercolor

Hi friends! Tonight we are going to do a simple sketch in ink and watercolor.


It is a fun way to make a cool painting, learn how in today’s video:

Dip Pens
India Ink
Watercolor paints (Grumbacher transparent watercolor pan set of 12)
Brushes: 1″ wash, #8 round, #4 round
Watercolor paper
Reference photo by Rodney Campbell

I use Grumbacher transparent watercolor pans for this tutorial. I also used this paint set on my magnolia painting here.
These are not my favorite paints but they did the trick on the painting. They conform to ASTM and have a toxicity rating of 0 with no known harmful chemicals. To me these seem like a childrens paint. The retail price for the 12 set of colors is $35 and for 24 colors it is $53. This seems too expensive for this quality of paint which feels more like a childrens tempera cake type of paint. A better buy at around the same price would be Cotman watercolors.However if it was all you could find or if you got a good deal on it it would do. That said if this set was $10 I would consider it a good buy because there is a lot of paint in the pans it seems.

Nice colors-plenty of mixing opportunities
Includes a brush and the palette has a nice mixing area.

Note: Grumbacher makes fine paints, but for me this set fell short and seems more like kids set. I recommend trying their Academy (student grade tubes) or Finest watercolor (tubes) for a better quality product.

Price: Retail $28 seems high for the quality
The colors can be hard to liquefy but you can spray the palette 5 minutes before painting to help the paint liquefy.

I hope you try this fun technique, I definitely want to play with my dip pens more. If there is a product you would like to see me review please let me know in the comments below and I will see what I can do:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ain’t This a Fancy Pen! {Pen & Ink Watercolor Tutorial}

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to make this pen and ink with watercolor drawing.


I am using a brand new tool called the Cuttlelola DotsPen. It is a pen with a nib that goes in and out creating stippling on your paper. I was really skeptical about this one, I thought it would take a long time to learn but it was quite easy to get the hang of, this was my first attempt! Here is the reference photo I used.


Of course you can use any pen with waterproof ink and make the dots by hand:) After the video I charged the pen again and used it straight away and got 30 minutes continuous use on high use before needing to charge it. I even let my kids try it and they loved it, even my son who says he is not “artsy.” Then I went over my watercolor with the pen again after it was dry and added the additional dots in 10 minutes. This is great if you want the look of stippling but do not want to spend the time. I could see myself enhancing plain rubber stamp images with this pen too!



  • Fun to use.
  • Easy to use. (this is my first attempt)
  • Fast. I usually do not do stippling because I do not like the time it takes, this is quick and easy!
  • Waterproof ink great for pen and ink with watercolor washes.
  • Compact-everything fits in a reusable tin.
  • Affordable ink refills-these inks cost about the same as other pen refills. (shipping is extra)
  • Rechargeable with a USB cord (included) but it is the same cord that my other electronics use so it is convenient.


  • The pen is large and may cause fatigue or discomfort after prolonged use.
  • You get one size of dots, where as with a set of traditional pens you could choose different point sizes.
  • Initial Price (although I think it is well priced for what it is and if you are a working illustrator it would pay for itself quickly)
  • You can’t draw with the pen “off” because the nib will push back into the pen, I tried signing my name with the pen on and that looks weird. Have a regular pen handy for drawing lines.

Bottom line: I think it is a great invention . It is fun and easy to use. I wish the battery charge lasted longer but you will have a longer charge if you use it right after charging instead of waiting, also it can be used while charging. I would recommend this to any illustrator who wants the look of stippling in less time. What do you think? Would this be useful to you? Do you like the painting with more or less stippling better. I can’t wait to play with it some more, maybe I’ll even do some more digital stamp files LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



Look what my husband did! {he’s kinda corny…}

Hi friends! My husband attend one of my watercolor classes (for the first time and we have been together 16 years!) last week and see what he made. He painted the one with the green background.

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Isn’t that awesome? He thought trying the pen & Ink watercolor decorative corn project would be fun. I think he has a hidden talent! If he can try it so can you! Grab some waterproof pens and any watercolors and some watercolor paper (you can use cardstock in a pinch because this technique is very gentle on paper but watercolor paper is best) and let’s paint!

I hope today’s post gave you the extra push to pick up a paintbrush, heck, maybe ask your partner to paint with you! It is lots of fun. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



How To Refill your Micron and Pitt Pens!

I have a super easy tutorial that will save you some cash today! I’ll show you how to refill your waterproof Micron and Pitt artists pens with India ink in today’s video:

Easy huh? Who says these pens have to be disposable? I have another quick tip for you. If you have the skinny Pitt brush pens and the nib gets dull and frayed you can pull it out with a pair of tweezers and put it in backwards, there is a fresh tip on the other end of the nib! Cool huh? Have a great weekend and as always happy crafting!

Pen & Ink Watercolor Card {try it, it’s easy!}

Hi Friends! It’s either feast or famine with me and the watercolor cards, no watercolor tutorial last week and this week I have two…well, maybe not a feast exactly but it is a fun card to paint:

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I think using  the pen and ink technique with watercolor is perfect for people who feel that they lose to much of their original drawing when they go to paint. I am using Micron Pens which are nice because they have a smooth consistent line and you don’t have to worry about spills and drips like you do with a dip pen. I am using Cotman watercolors, a #6 round brush and a 140# Canson watercolor card as my surface. Ready? Let’s Paint!

If you don’t have Micron pens you can use a fine tip permanent marker such as a Sharpie or Bic Mark-it, they do not come in the variety of tips as the Microns but you can definitely get a feel for the technique and you can decide if you like it before investing in the Microns. Thanks to Oriental Trading Company for supplying the Micron Pens for this tutorial, check out their website for all kinds of art supplies, scrapbook and beading goodies as well of general craft supplies!

EDIT* Oriental Trading Company has free shipping on ANY size order through 6/5/14 with the code: CE144432 so hurry!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!