Our watercolor brush pens are very versatile, you can use them for regular watercolor painting and at the same time you can use them for hand lettering or calligraphy - you get the best of both worlds.

If it's your first time using watercolor brush pens they can be quite daunting but they actually very easy to use. The soft brush tip and the slender pen body are not too hard to master with a bit of practice, controlling the pens is really a breeze. 

For anyone who's new to using watercolor brush pens, here are 3 key tips to remember:

Tip 1: Getting to grips with the soft brush tips 

The brush tips are very soft just like a paintbrush which makes them very versatile: this however does mean applying too much pressure can easily fray the tips. You have to make sure you are taking care about the amount pressure you are putting on the tips.

getting used to brush pen tips

Depending on the amount of pressure you apply you can create a variety of different strokes. If you apply strokes with minimal pressure, you'll get thin lines--- this is great for when you're working on finer details. However to cover larger areas and to produce thicker or wider strokes, hold your brush pen at around 30 degrees and apply more pressure.

This will take practise so doing thin upstrokes and thick downstrokes for practise before diving into your first masterpiece is what I would recommend -- especially if you're going to use our brush pens for hand lettering or calligraphy.

Tip 2: Don't forget to use your water and aqua brush pens

Our watercolor brush pens are made from water based ink so make sure you keep a little glass of water beside you as you work. This helps bring out the full potential of our brush pens and when you dip the brush tips in water, you'll dilute the ink which also produces lighter shades.

Remember: the longer you dip the brush tip in water, the lighter the outcome. Play around with water until you become familiar with its effect on your brush pens. This will be very useful when you’re making color washes and shading. Also, don't forget to clean your brush tips out after blending them together. Dip them in water and lay strokes on a scrap piece of paper until the markers go back to their original color.

Bonus tip - You can blend colors by laying one shade on top of another. Work from light to dark tones. You can also mix and match: play around with your markers and know which colors work best when combined.

Tip 3: Blending is easy with these pens.

You can blend two brush tips together to create gradient or ombre effects very easily. You just need to touch or rub the brush pens tips together and they will create a new shade for you to use and it's best to use colors within the same family to get best results.

Bonus tip - Make sure that one pen has a darker shade than the other. Apply the darker brush tip to the lighter one. You know you're ready to apply when the lighter pen has absorbed some of the darker ink. You should get a pretty dark-to-light gradient effect.

There are all the key tips you need to remember when you are starting to use your Sangria Watercolor brush pens- the rest is up to you. We hope you have as much fun as we do using these pens.

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