Pen and wash - red kite using a folded nib pen



Pen and wash - using a folded nib pen ('cola' pen) Learn an exciting new line and wash technique using a folded nib pen, which you can make yourself in 5-10 minutes out of a drinks can. Using waterproof Indian ink, you will go on to paint a dynamic portrait of a bird of prey and in the process learn lots of new mark making techniques which can be applied to urban sketching and a wide variety of others subjects.

What's included in the price?

Nine films and reference files to show you how to easily make a folded nib pen using materials you will have to hand, and then to put it through its paces in a painting of a red kite in flight.

What you will need

To make the Cola pen: Drink can (does not have to be cola!) Cutting mat, or surface protection Sharp knife (Stanley-type) Scissors Tape (eg duct, electrician's, masking) Fine sand paper Handle, rigid (pencil, chop stick, thin bamboo etc) Marker pen For the course project: Watercolour paper 140lb/300gsm Not surface, approx 50x40cm Cola / folded nib pen Waterproof black Indian ink Watercolours - quin gold, burnt Sienna, French ultramarine, caput mortem/Mars violet. Please feel free to substitute colours to make this painting truly your own. Brushes - large round (16), small round (8), large filbert if you have one Other - spritzer bottle, kitchen towel, two water containers, HB pencil and eraser




Liz Chaderton Artist

with Craft Courses since 2019

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Liz lives and works in a small village in Berkshire. She has been showing her work through exhibitions and galleries since 2009. A selection of her paintings are published by Artko, Artwall and Wraptious. Her first book, 'Painting watercolours on canvas' was published by the Crowood Press in June 2019 and her fifth is due to be published in late 2023. She writes for The Leisure Painter and other art magazines and teaches extensively on YouTube. She aims to help you see the animals and flora we so often overlook and by so doing to nurture a more caring attitude to the environment.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Pet lovers
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