This is a canvas painting with layers of collage and paint. I had been seeking a pen that wrote with a fluid, varied line on top of textured, dried paintings. The Uni-ball Vision Elite is the only one that gives me the effect I want.
I love these pens. I first used them in travel watercolor notebooks, when I found I could put pen lines dirctly into wet watercolor. Fine Sharpies can’t do this, and the wetness can ruin other pen tips. They move and bleed a little when wet, but are waterproof when dry.Here’s a sample with an IHOP sketch of pancakes from a travel notebook in my own messy style.
I tried every waterproof art pen I could find, but didn’t get the effect I want. I don’t even think they sell these at art supply stores. You have to go to an office supply store or order online.They also write upside down and in changing pressures and altitudes, including airplanes. I showed them to Susan Cornelis and she used them in her sketchbooks. She uses them directly then brushes water over them in the little window when they’re still damp to produce shading.
See how Susan Cornelis uses Uniball pens dry with wet brush here and wet into watercolor here. (Pssst… I showed Susan these pens and look where her expertise took her!) Head on out and invent a few new mixed media techniques of your own.