For a wedding-themed project, I decided to go with a cute card, one that portraits a couple who really want to get married ;)
Tools and pens I used:
- A mechanical pencil 0.5
- Waterbrush (Using a medium size tip will be allright)
- ZIG Kuretake Art & Graphic Twins (16, 37, 54)
- ZIG Clean Color Real Brush (027, 035, 092)
- ZIG Writter Metallic Colours (Silver)
- ZIG 2 Way Glue pen ball point
- ZIG Artist Sketching pen (Black)
While I was trying some techniques, I decided it would be so fun if I use my pens as watercolours to create my project, because I loved the result after doing that.
Let's start then mixing the ink of my great-looking pens with some water. I'm choosing some bold combination of colours even if it's a wedding card, but it has kind of sense I chose those colours as I want to keep my card funny and attractive.
I find it very amusing to keep experimenting with the Clean Color Real Brush pens: Their real brush tip truly gives you the exact amount of ink you're needing as you press it on. Even on the palette (made of plastic) it really gives you a good amount of ink to start working with.
Depending of how much water you add, you'll get a lighter colour. These Art & Graphic Twins pens blend together quite nicely; I got a brilliant turquoise when I mixed the blue (037) and the green one (054).
I drew a few flowers, and then I paint them pink (ZIG Clean Color Real Brush, 027) as you see: dipping the tip of my waterbrush once, then colouring the whole flower, so I get a decreasing tone, giving the flower that feeling of depth that makes the illustration more interesting. Finished the flowers with the metallic silver pen.
As I kept colouring I wasn't too much concerned about making mistakes/splotches because it was allright, as once the ink was dry I did cut them.
It was time to start drawing the lovely bride. I started marking out the shape of her head with the lightest colour I could reach by mixing water with my 092 Clean Color Real Brush. I put more ink on the ears, her forehead and her nose, and then I kept adding more detail and texture with short movements of my waterbrush, as you can see in the picture. Finished my design drawing her eyes, her nose and her mouth with my Artist Sketching Marker pen.
The groom appeared in an mild brown colour (ZIG Art & Graphic Twin pen, 016), and I also started colouring his head shape with a lightest tone, then added darker tones to breath life into him. As I played with the pink flowers the bride would be wearing, I gave him eyes, nose and mouth. I drew a bow tie that was a mistake because I didn't liked the way it looked (but luckily I could find a solution).
They were almost ready.
Mixing water again with my 092 Clear Color Real Brush, I drew a frame for each one, and even if they were not a perfect circle, well, I loved the result. Added some silver strokes to complete the design.
Glued the flowers with my 2 Ways Glue pen as you can see. Said before that I didn't like the way a drawn bow tie looked, so I drew it again in another piece of paper and glued that where the old one was. Ta-da! Love how it looks now. Adding paper in different levels makes the illustration not flat but more interesting.
Needed a piece of paper to write down my sentiment, so I thought that a paper scroll would do just great; I used my mechanical pencil to draw it, then added some ink and water to polish up the drawing, giving some shadows and lights where they were supposed to be.
Before putting together my piece of paper on my card, I assembled some die-cut silver tape that I thought it really matched the theme.
Next, I wrote "Happily ever after" on the scroll, carefully trying to use some fancy handlettering. Also, glued the scroll in its right place with a few drops of my 2 Glue Way pen (you only need a bit of this glue to paste things together), but only sticking on the center of the scroll to the main card, so it looks like is kinda floating and accentuated.
And... Ready to hit the dance floor at the party feast! Hope this tutorial gave you good ideas to apply to your projects, and I also hope it inspired you today :D See you soon!