There is something I love about changing things up in my art as a new season starts. Here in Northern California, the blistering heat remains, yet I see the changes happening, ever so slight.
The light is changing. It’s getting late out earlier. The sun rises later in the morning. The plants and trees are starting to change a bit too. Not the deep, robust colors of autumn, but the gentle, anticipation of the new season, a dimming perhaps?
I love to fall into the traditional autumn art, but I wanted to incorporate some new techniques, colors, and products into the work.
I found this fun, gold art pen at the craft store a few weeks ago. It was in the Christmas section (but we aren’t talking about that holiday yet, too early!), but I thought it would be perfect for autumn art.
If you’ve been with me for some time, you know I use the fine tip black markers to do a lot of ink sketching and detail work in the watercolor art. The Micron pens are my go-to, usually a number 5, but honestly, I’ll use whatever pen is still working. I’ve ruined several micron pens by not waiting long enough for the paint to dry.
This gold paint pen is a bit different. Here are three ways it is different and why you might want to incorporate it into your work.
- If you’re hesitant about the boldness of black on watercolor sketches, gold is a more gentle option. You can see in the picture below. It’s a very different feel, not as bold.
It is odd to say that gold is less bold than black, but in this case, it’s true. Autumn is all about harvest and to a certain extent, gathering and preparing before the bleak of winter. There is something very harvest-y (is that a word?) about the gold. I think the trees of autumn have a sense of golden to them, especially in the early mornings and the time when the sun is setting. They seem to catch the sun’s rays in a way I don’t see in the spring and summer.
- The gold pen won’t blend or bleed into the watercolor when you paint over it.
Because it is a paint pen, not an ink pen, it repels additional layers of paint. (the micron pens tend to bleed into the paint due to the way the ink mixes with water).
The watercolor absorbs around the lines of the gold pen, creating a sparkle and depth I did not expect. On the green pumpkin painting, the contrast of the brown, gold, and green turned out prettier than I thought. There is a bit of harvest time mystery about it.
- The gold fine tip creates not only subtle, elegant detail work, but it is quite pretty to write in. I found that the paint base makes it easier to glide over the paper, allowing me to write without the scratches I get with the micron pens.
I added one too many ‘l’ loops in this quote art. Oops! I’ll be creating more autumn-inspired quote art later this season. To see how I used the micron pens in spring/summer quote art, go to this blog post from earlier this year.
I’m going to keep playing with the gold pen. I found a deeper rust-gold yesterday that I’ll be incorporating into some paintings too. Are you playing with any new colors in your autumn paint palette this season? I’d love to hear about them.
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Did you know Season 2 of The Creative Season YouTube channel has started? Click on the image below to see the first video where I utilize the gold pen in this elegant, light tree painting.