Watercolor Ballerina- Sakura Koi Brush Pens Review

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Until now I have done most of my artwork digitally using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter. Recently I have wanted to do more traditional work, and have bought several different art supplies. One of my new favorites are the Sakura Koi Brush Pens. These pens are water based and can be manipulated in the same way as traditional watercolors. They were a ton of fun to use!

For this little ballerina I first drew the outline in Illustrator. I still do better at sketching digitally than I do by hand! I then printed her out on Bristol Smooth paper.

Now it was time to play with the pens! I got the 24 set as well as the colorless blenders. You can blend these with water as well, but I figured the blender pens would be the easiest method. When you are doing art with 6 kids running around a cup of water is just asking for trouble! I would love to get some water brush pens so that I can blend with water without needing an open cup. I also purchased the 6 piece grays set, though I did not use them on this project.

Before I got started with the brush pens I experimented a bit on another piece of paper to get the hang of how the colors worked and blended. I watched several YouTube tutorials, and this was the most useful one.

I then set to work coloring in my little ballerina. I drew my lines of color where I wanted them to be darkest, then blended color into the entire area. Once everything was dry I went back over the parts where I wanted shadow then carefully blended the edges for softness.


Watercolor little girl ballerina with bear|emilyjartist.com|Sakura Koi Brush Pen|
I think I might love her!

I would love to see any work you have done with the Sakura Koi Brush Pens. What are your favorite watercolor supplies and tutorials? Please share links in the comments so I can check them out!