Oil Pastel Resist

Hi, it’s Tessa from How To Make Art, and today I’d like to show you a fun technique using oil pastels as a resist with watercolors in your art journal.  This is what the finished page will look like:


Here is what you will need:

*Niji Watercolor Set

*Niji Oil Pastels

*Niji Permawriter, .07

*Glue or Gluestick



*Art Journal

STEP ONE: Create a simple drawing in your art journal with some of the oil pastels.  I chose to make a pattern with the white oil pastel.  You can barely see it in this photo, but here it is!

STEP TWO: Mix up your favorite colors of paint by adding some water to a dab of one of the watercolors from the set.
STEP THREE: Using your paintbrush, paint over the areas where you made your pastel drawings.  I love the beautiful effect that the oil pastel resist creates!

STEP FOUR: Add a word like “adventure” to your page using your Permawriter and a piece of scrap paper, then glue it on!

Thanks so much for creating with me today! 🙂

Coloring Outside the Box

Hi, it’s Tessa from How To Make Art, and I’m going to show you a fun new way to color your art pieces today!

Lately, I have been drawing a lot of animals with my Permawriters.  Here are two examples of bears that I drew recently on my Yasutomo and Company Hosho Sketch Paper:

I have been trying to think of new, outside-the-box ways to color in my drawings, so this is what I did while experimenting and painting to color these in:
I used my Yasutomo and Company Sumi-E Watercolor Set, which I am in LOVE with!  The colors are so vibrant and creamy – really fun to use!  For the first one, I added some extra elements outside the picture area, and with the second one, I used giant dots to fill in the picture area.  It was really fun to try something new with my artmaking, and the possibilities for coloring outside the box are truly endless!  I hope you will have fun trying this out in your studio!
Thanks for creating with me!

Splash Flowers

Hi, it’s Tessa from How to Make Art here to share a fun project with you that uses Splash Inks.  Here is what the finished piece will look like:

Here is what you will need:
*Niji Splash Inks
*Water in a container
*Yasutomo and Company Permawriters, .07 Black
*Watercolor Paper
STEP ONE: Prep your Splash Ink colors by mixing your desired colors and setting them by your work station.  Get your container of water and paintbrushes, and coat your entire sheet of paper with the water:
STEP TWO: Now it’s time to play with the Splash Ink colors you have mixed up!  Use your brush and slowly lay down a few dots of ink into your coating of water before the water dries.  I used a red toned Splash Ink first, then a purple:
STEP THREE: Next, I added some green for leaves and a block of green on the left that I could use to write a quote.
STEP FOUR: Let dry completely.  Now use your Permawriters to draw some details and write a quote in the block you created in Step Three.  I chose one of my favorite quotes by Anais Nin.
Thanks for reading! Have fun making some Splash Ink flowers!


Playing With Pattern

Hi, it’s Tessa from How To Make Art here to show you a fun project using Splash Inks and patterns.  I hope you will enjoy it!

Here’s what you will need:

*Yasutomo and Company’s Black Permawriters, .05 and .07

*Paper or sketchbook

*Computer with Photoshop OR Xerox Machine with Scissors and a Glue Stick

*Niji Splash Inks

*Paint Brush

*Two cups of water (one for washing out your brush, one for adding water to mix Splash Ink colors)

*Eye dropper (to add water when mixing Splash Ink colors)

Step One: Create a drawing of something you wish to turn into a pattern.  I drew this deer in my sketchbook using Yasutomo and Company Permawriters:

Step Two: Create a pattern out of your drawing.  You can do this two ways: either with a computer with Photoshop or by hand with a Xerox machine, scissors, and a glue stick.  If using Photoshop, just scan your image, then copy and paste the image again and again, creating two staggered rows of your drawing.  Print out the black and white pattern.  If using a Xerox machine, copy your design over and over, cut it out, and glue it into rows on a piece of white paper to create a pattern.  Copy one last time to get a copy with no cut out pieces, and you are ready to color your pattern!  Here is what my finished pattern looked like in black and white:
Step Three: This is the fun part – where we use Splash Inks to color in the pattern!  I chose two different color palettes for my deer, one was brown/pink/orange, and the other was pink/orange/green.  I alternated the color palettes, making every other deer one color, while all the others were the opposite palette.  Since the palettes were similar, they went together well.  I mixed up my colors using combinations of the four main Splash Ink colors and water, according to the guidelines in the instructions.  I took a looser approach to coloring in my pattern, since the actual black and white lines were so uniform, I decided to fill in my deer and leaves just outside of the lines, giving the pattern a bit of an organic feel:
Step Four: Finish coloring your entire pattern in, then think of all the ways you can use a sheet of patterned paper: for the endsheets or covers or a book, to wrap a present, to make a small card… The possibilities are endless!  Here is my finished patterned paper:
Happy Creating!! 🙂


Scripted Love

Hi, it’s Tessa from How to Make Art here to show you a fun technique that you can do with the pointed tip Niji Waterbrushes and the Yasutomo Authentic Chinese Watercolors.  These two supplies can create beautiful the beautiful handmade script writings that are very popular now, especially in the scrapbooking world.  I like to make several sheets full of words then cut them up to use in my scrapbooking layouts.  Think of all the fun things you could do with scripted words!

Here’s what you will need:

*Yasutomo Authentic Chinese Watercolors

*Niji Waterbrush with pointed tip

*Yasutomo and Company Permawriter in .05 or .07 size

*Spray bottle full of water

*Paper towels

Step One: Choose two colors from your Authentic Chinese Watercolor set that would look nice together.  I chose light green (#55) and pthalo blue (#57).  Next, I used my Waterbrush and the light green to create a circular background.  On top of that, with the pthalo blue, I wrote out the phrase I wanted to use.  Press lightly for a fun script effect.  It may take a few practice runs in order to get the script to look the way you want it to, but keep trying until you get a result you love!

Step Two: Let your words dry a little, then when they are almost dry, spray the whole thing with water from your spray bottle so the colors will bleed and create a mist.
Step Three: Blot the whole things with a paper towel, and it will become much lighter.
Step Four: Once it has dried completely, you can do an outline of your letters with one of the Permawriters so that the words will really stand out.
Below are a few more examples of using these two colors together to create words or phrases that would be fun to cut up and scrapbook with.  I used the two colors together, sometimes dipping my brush in one and then the other before touching paper so that the results would be unpredictable.  Script is a lot of fun, and you can use it in so many different ways…
Thanks for visiting the blog, and have fun playing with script!

Sea Salt Texture

Hi, it’s Tessa from How to Make Art, and I’m going to show you a fun technique using Niji Splash Inks and sea salt!

Here’s what you will need:
*Eye dropper for water
*Coarse (large grain) sea salt
STEP ONE: Do a light pencil drawing that you intend to fill in with paint.  In your drawing, make sure you have a large area that you want to add texture to.  In my drawing, I made a girl standing behind a wall.  I intend to add texture to the wall.
STEP TWO: Mix up the colors of Splash Ink you intend to use on your piece.  Fill in the large area that you want to add your texture to, and make sure you use a heavy, wet coating of splash ink.  As soon as you finish blocking in the area, sprinkle some sea salt on the paint in random areas.
STEP THREE: Allow the Splash Ink to dry completely before brushing off the salt.  Once you do brush the salt off, you will see that it has created a unique, random, and organic looking texture:
STEP FOUR: Fill in the rest of your piece with Splash Inks.
STEP FIVE: Refine your drawing by using the .05 and .07 Permawriter pens.  Start with the .05 Permawriter for fine details, then create larger lines with the .07 Permawriter to finish off the edges of your drawing.  Now you’re done!
Thanks for making art with me today!

Doodle Tangle

Happy Wednesday!!

I made a Doodle Tangle for my project this week.  What is a doodle tangle?  Well it is this…




Just start with these supplies,


And DOODLE!!  I started by making a circle and dividing it.  Then, my circle needed to have some doodles coming out of it too!  Remember, these “Doodles”  or “Tangles” usually take on a life of their own.  LET THEM!

Here it is finished again…


I think it looks like an eye or a bug.  What do you think it looks like?