Brush Pen Talk — Blending

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Koi-Color-ChartOne of the things that makes brush pens extra special tools is their amazing ability to blend!

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How to Blend

Brush pens are great for drawing, coloring, and hand lettering. You can use blending techniques to mix colors and create unique gradients. There are two main ways to blend.

1. Mix the colors on a surface.

This is similar to mixing paint colors. On a plastic surface, (I use a ziplock bag, but if you want, Tombow sells a blending palette for their markers) you color with one brush pen. Then, color on top of that ink with a second brush pen (it’s better to use a lighter color). The tip of your second brush pen now has a layer of ink that is a nice mix of the two colors you used.

2. Tip to Tip

Hold your writing pen with the tip pointing up, and a second pen with tip pointing down, and touch their tips together. The pen that is facing down will fill the other one with some of it’s ink.

Mixing the colors on a surface tends to produce a cleaner blend than tip to tip blending, but both are fun to try.


The truth is that you only need a small set of blendable brush pens and you’re ready to go, because you can mix the colors you don’t have. You can purchase brush pens individually if you want a specific color.

Download a Free Brush Pen Blending Guide!

If you print the blending guide, don’t forget that the colors will look different than the marker ink. If you look at the blending guide your screen, it offers much more accurate colors.

Have fun blending!

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Photo Import in Paper

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At first I was hesitant about the new Paper feature of photo import, but it’s definitely grown on me. Thought I would share its potential with you guys.

Drawing Fashion

I enjoy importing a reference photo and drawing a look in my own style.

(Above) Kelly Dempsey’s look from Project Runway Finale.

(Below) Vintage look from Pinterest!

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Some other artists drawing fashion in Paper are Cat K and Jeong Dahaero.

 

Unique Blends of Art and Photography

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I love exploring new ways to mix Paper doodles with photos! I recommend Kaye Sedgwick and 77neko for their creative “mixed-media” works.


Revamp your Real Life Drawings

This is, by far, my favorite thing about photo import. I can draw something, even just a rough pencil sketch, and then take a photo of it and finish it up in Paper. It’s a great way to finalize a drawing.

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Hoping to share some more ideas soon. Happy Holidays!