Wednesdoodles: Pen+Watercolour


So last week I was feeling a little worn out and needed to take a bit of a break from working on specified projects. I ended up spending a little bit of time in the studio playing around with colour and line.

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It’s really important to me, when I’ve finished a project with a particular focus, to let myself play in the studio. I don’t aim to create any GOOD work, my goal is to loosen up and clear my mind, and explore new ideas. It’s really just about having fun and feeling good!

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When I stay away from the studio for too long, I can feel a little disoriented getting back into things. The only way for me to find my way is to get to work. For me, drawing is meditative, and as a person who spends too much time in their own head, it’s a great way for me to get out of that headspace and focus on what is in front of me. It’s pretty vital to my sanity I’d say!

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I hardly ever doodle with pencil anymore. When you use pen, there’s really no going back. You are forced to roll with your missteps, and there’s a real honesty in what ends up on the paper. You have to commit to your lines. I always find that when I work with pen, there is a confidence that comes through in the lines, a sureness that is forced into the work. It’s a real moment captured! Kind of like a brain camera…or something…

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WELL. I’m about to embark on a few new projects with Double Dare and potentially another floral project! I also have an interview in the works with a really awesome artists and fellow blogger that I will post in the coming week! In the meantime, enjoy a lovely Halifax Harbour sunset (pictured above) and have an awesome day!

8 thoughts on “Wednesdoodles: Pen+Watercolour

  1. I think you are so right about the importance of playing around. I also like to draw in pen, particularly my old dip pen. I find that my drawings in pencil and charcoal also became less hesitant and more confident as a result of drawing in pen with no going back.

  2. Beautiful! Love how you combined the watercolor. I have taken a liking to pen and ink over the past couple years, and as you said it’s definitely a lesson in letting go. I used to worry about getting everything perfect with pencil, but with pen you just have to go for it

  3. I like to experiment with pen too! I used to have a Doodle Book and it came with a blue gel pen. I doodled in it all the time. Until the ink ran out. Then I freaked out and frantically grabbed a random Credit Union pen that wrote in blue ink and doodled in some more ’til it ran out of pages to fill. Then I was sad. But I still doodle in pen sometimes. And like my doodle book said,doodling isn’t series it isn’t perfect it’s just not thinking and letting your pen wander as far as your imagination will take you.

  4. Recently my urge to be artistic is very strong! I use my camera more these days as my creative medium but nothing beats colours on paper, art, fun, joyness! Looking forward to seeing your next creations. Have a look at some of my photos on Instagram for some inspiration @Ozolins813 🙂

  5. These are really cute, I love the first one the most!! I wish I had more time to take a break and just draw. Great colours you got going on btw (:

  6. These have inspired me to play around with a pen on some paper and see what I can do. Your creations are unique and chic displaying different colours and patterns with a variety lines, showing personality. Absolutely, brilliant.

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