Lockdown Diaries : Pen and Wash Art

Remember I said in my earlier post Mumbai Diaries : Coffee, art and conversation how I said I had got hot pressed watercolor paper instead of cold pressed and that the colors didn’t merge because of the quality of the paper? Well, since I had got the paper I decided to make the best use of it. So, I went to Uncle Google to check what works best on hot pressed paper. And as always Google had a solution. It said pen and wash technique. So I went about reading more about it to see what it was. Luckily I had the pens required for it. I had bought them two years ago for Phad painting (a traditional Indian art form). I had done three such paintings and forgotten all about the pens. So, all I had to do was open my big Ikea box of art supplies. Its filled with things that I’ve collected over the years…8 or 10 to be precise – it has the children’s pastels, crayons, color pencils, carbon paper, ribbons and lots of other knick-knacks. Hubby had asked me to get rid of it when we moved countries but I couldn’t do it. I guess I am the classic hoarder. Those boxes proved to be a treasure during the lockdown. Well, with 2 birthdays, a mother’s day and a Father’s day happening in this period, that box had everybody including hubby diving into it. Birthday banners, invites, and DIY birthday gifts were made with the contents.


Coming back to my first painting using the pen and wash technique, here it is –

A street in Florence
Row houses in Newfoundland

I realize I need to work on my lines and angles but that’s the fun – ‘The learning.’

Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you get it wrong but unless you do it, you’ll never know if you can and you will never learn.


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7 responses to “Lockdown Diaries : Pen and Wash Art”

  1. Angelilie Avatar

    I really like your beautiful blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon.


  2. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    Your artwork is improving with each painting, Smitha. I am the same, the joy is in the learning.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Robbie. That means a lot. I’m loving it. I know now how you feel when you bake and come up with such exotic cakes.


  3. sienablue Avatar

    Well Done! Pen and Wash can be very satisfying. Take a look at Peter Sheeler on Youtube. That’s what convinced me to give it a try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5QzMKF9K1k

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much! I’ve done these paintings from Peter Sheeler’s pictures :). I’ve added the tag too at the end of my post. Thank you for providing me with the link though. He makes it so much easier. I’ve got hooked onto it now especially because you can finish one a day.


  4. Potpourri of life Avatar

    Just beautiful 🌸

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you! That’s very kind of you🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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