Metallic Watercolors with Ink Pens

Updated: Oct 30

Metallic and watercolor in the same sentence? Yes Please! I've picked up my watercolors again and have enjoyed exploring new products that have been created. I'm so in love with these Coliro Metallic Watercolors that I wanted to share them with you so you could see what they looked like.


I hadn't used metallic watercolors before so I was curious to see how the transparency of watercolor and the opacity of metallics worked together (see below for video so you can see for yourself).

For this quick sketch exploration above, I created 3 abstract shapes using the silver, gold and bronze pans in this set. The brush was really easy to load with just a small amount of water and the paint moved easily around the paper. I had expected the mica particle to settle where the water flowed but it was definitely attracted to the paper more than the water, but at the same time, I was still able to move the pigment where I wanted it to go.


Look at this sheen!




The watercolor dried quickly and kept such a strong, yet transparent metallic sheen. It was perfect for adding ink botanicals and single line art drawings over the top. I used my new set of Pigma Micron Ink Pens and they had a nice strong pigment over the top of the watercolors. There wasn't any color transfer when my pens moved from the watercolor to the blank paper either, so both the pigment in the metallic watercolors and the Pigma ink set well and didn't reactivate when applying new, wet ink.


I use both mediums on my handy A5 sized travel watercolor pad by Intrend Art. I got mine in France so here its called the Aquarellpapier Block.


I love that one side of the paper has the nice watercolor texture and the other side is smooth which would be really nice for calligraphy too.


Here is a quick video so you can see what the paint looks like and how everything works together.


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