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15 Watercolor Techniques Using Arteza Real Brush Pens

15 Watercolor Techniques Using Arteza Real Brush Pens

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|Sponsored| At Network, we love trying new products. However in the rush to use the latest tool, it’s often too easy to miss out on exploring all its capabilities. That’s what got us excited about Arteza Real Brush Pens (RBP). But, then we started experimenting! At first we tried them using typical painting methods, but only after playing with new approaches did we uncover their hidden potential to create something fresh and exciting.

In this sponsored post we share some ways to use Arteza’s brush pens and hope you discover, as we did, how multifaceted they are. You can also check out this blog on how to use RBPs. Once you start experimenting we know you’ll fall in love with them, too!

Directly on Paper


There is a substantial difference when you use RBPs straight from the pack onto a dry surface than on a wet one. When using them on dry surfaces, you get bright, saturated hues and uniform color. Use this technique when adding details to a painting you have allowed to dry first.


When you draw on pre-moistened paper, the effect is softer and more subtle. You can get so many stunning effects when applying them directly to pre-moistened paper. Try this when you want the illusion of color without any hard edges.

Color Mixing

On Paper

Due to their fluidity, RBPs can be mixed right on your surface as you are working. This causes various hues to appear and can make for some interesting effects and “happy accidents.”

On a Palette

When you want to achieve softer color transitions, get new hues, or control a color’s saturation, try using a palette for color mixing. Dab the colors on your palette and mix them together or add a little water to expand the amount of paint you have to work with.


With One Pen

Since these pens are highly saturated, you can get some great color gradients with just one pen. By dabbing the tip in water for just a second, you can achieve numerous shades and a range of values.

With Two Pens

Since this is, in effect, watercolor paint inside the body of a pen, it makes perfect sense that the pens would mix well together. Using two pens, you can create a new shade by smoothly blending their edges. First add one color then overlap that with another color in the opposite direction. To get a smoother gradient, go on top of the intersection with the water brush.

Dots and Lines

On Dry Paper

These brush pens are ideal for creating dots or lines, and emphasizing or adding particulars and accents. By controlling the pen’s pressure, you can get dozens of beautiful and diverse lines!

On Wet Paper

You can do the same as you did on dry paper only this time use moist paper to get soft or blurred spots and lines. This method is excellent for creating inconspicuous objects, such as faraway trees in the background.

Water Brush


The water brush allows you to use the pens the way you would a traditional watercolor set. Because the water brush’s barrel can be filled with water, just apply a little or a lot to moisten your surface before painting to blur what you have already painted. Or, use it like a paintbrush and dip it into the ink on your palette and paint right on a dry surface.

Creating Halftones

A water brush also comes in handy when you want to create halftones. Try this by brushing paint onto your palette, then picking up some paint with a water brush before placing it on your paper.

Rough Effects


Sometimes you want a paper’s texture to show through for a rougher result. By painting with the pen’s tip flatwise, it gradually reveals the paper’s texture or creates a scratchy, almost dry-brush effect. This technique is great for making accents and giving diversity to your piece.


You can also use RBPs when working on drawings in your sketchbook. Try more expressive effects by layering sharp strokes over random shapes and play around with the dynamics of patterns.


On Watercolor Paintings

We are always searching for ways to add interest to our watercolors. RBPs are an excellent way to do this especially for complementing large solid areas with specifics or for putting in patterns and textures.


One of the best things about RBPs is how great they are for glazing. Since they use water-soluble pigments, you can thin them with water and add multiple layers of color, to get the same hue for a darker shade or a different color for transparency that allows you to see the first color under the second.


The brush pen tip is especially well-suited for hand lettering. The tip can be manipulated to create wide, medium, or very fine lines. You can draw the letters in one hue and then layer other colors on top to give the letters more dimension. Because RPBs have a barrel that’s like a pen, they give you the control you need for lettering.

Now that we have shared some techniques, I hope you are inspired to give Arteza Real Brush Pens a go! You can purchase them in sets or try out the Ultimate Creator Bundle. Go to where you’ll find them in assorted sets and bundles. Plus, you always get free shipping!

Discover all the ways you can explore your artistic passions when you check out the free art resources from Network!

Watch the video: Tips on How to use Real Brush Pens by Kuretake Zig (August 2022).