I’ve discovered the joys of the Posca Pen! Have you tried these? After looking at Pinterest for hours and hours (I could spend whole days on there 😆) I found lots of art journal pages with bold stand out patterns and plenty just with dots and dashes and I wondered how they could be so bright and vibrant.
I’d tried using gel pens but this didn’t seem to be bold enough but then I found the Posca – a paint pen made by Uniball which is water based so doesn’t smell and dries permanent on paper – you can use them on practically any surface though including ceramics, glass and terracotta so they are versatile and then come in various nib widths from very fine to giant thick ones! The one I have is a 5M medium bullet tip – 2.5mm line.
My quote this week was “don’t look back unless you can smile and don’t look forward unless you can dream” and I wanted to use a face from a magazine to illustrate the point as she was looking forward.
I laid down by background using the Tim Holtz postal sheets and other bits and bobs from one of the collage packs from Shawn Petite and then got out my Tim Holtz Distress paint – favourite colours to go to at the moment include fossilized amber, cracked pistachio and peeled paint, so i was ready to go with my image.
I added some flowers and then darkened it down a bit with some vintage collage medium (Tim Holtz again) before adding some Dylusions Acrylic Paint in White and my favourite colour Pomegranate Seed – I buy mine from Art From The Heart and love how these acrylic paints are quite runny so you can use as much or as little as you like. For a bit of drama I added some black flower stencils – this is a metal stencil/die which worked really well.
I started gently with the Posca marker but as you can see, soon got carried away – well there was a big space on the right hand side and she need more dramatic hair!
I just love how this looks! Now, just the quote to add – I wrote freehand using a normal black brush pen.
And there she is, in all her glory. I’m really pleased with the outcome and see how the Posca pen pops – mine is cream in colour rather than white, but there are definitely more on my shopping list!
I hope you have a lovely weekend, wherever you are. Here is the UK the sun is shining so I am off to make the most of it as it’s not a happening thing that often! 😜 Enjoy your journaling and please leave me a comment if you’ve tried Posca pens or you have a question to ask.