Painting With the Dynamic Duo: Dual Brush Pens and the MONO Twin Permanent Marker


Hi y’all, it’s Grace from Grace Anne Studio. This week, we’re highlighting the Design Team’s favorite products. I chose to focus on one of my favorite duos: the Dual Brush Pens and the MONO Twin Tip Permanent Marker. In this tutorial, we’ll walk through painting with Dual Brush Pens and the MONO Twin Permanent Marker to create a wreath. They truly are the perfect pair!


The Duo: Dual Brush Pens and MONO Twin Permanent Marker

The Dual Brush Pens and MONO Twin Permanent Marker can be used together in so many different ways. The Dual Brush Pens are water-based and the MONO Twin Permanent Marker has oil-based and smear proof ink. This means that you can use the MONO Twin Permanent Marker over OR under the Dual Brush Pens WITHOUT any bleeding! For this project, we’ll use both techniques. If for some reason you do experience bleeding or smearing, check your paper choice. There’s a third party in this relationship and paper is usually the culprit in this case!

In addition to having permanent and smear proof ink, the MONO Twin Permanent Marker also has two tips. One side is a bullet tip and the other a fine tip. This gives so many opportunities for both detail and bold line work!



Step 1: Sketch

To start the wreath, use the MONO Graph Mechanical Pencil to sketch a wreath. I love the asymmetrical look, so that’s what I sketched. You can absolutely sketch your favorite kind of wreath to make it your own!



Step 2: Ink the Bow

Next, use the fine tip on the MONO Twin Permanent Marker to outline the bow. I like to outline more detailed work before adding color because it helps keep the level of detail I want. The bow has lots of overlapping ribbons and I didn’t want to lose any of the definition by watercoloring first. Later, we’ll add color right on top without any smearing!



Step 3: Paint the Wreath

Next, use the green Dual Brush Pens to add foliage to the wreath. I penciled in very general shapes for the foliage to leave room for organically painting with Dual Brush Pens. Start by using the lightest green (228) to add some branches with flicks of green. Evenly space them throughout the wreath and leave room for the other greens too. Then, use the Medium or Small Water Brush to lightly brush water over the ink. This will dilute the color directly on the page and create a watercolor look. Use a very light hand with the Water Brush. A little water will go a long way! Let this layer dry.

NOTE: Using mixed media paper and very little water means the ink will dry very quickly. I actually didn’t have to take any breaks to let the ink dry while creating this piece.



Then, use the medium green Dual Brush Pen (177) to add another layer of color to the foliage. Add the flicks of color evenly spaced and leave room for the last green. Then, add water over the 177 Dual Brush Pen strokes and let it dry. Next, repeat using the darkest green Dual Brush Pen (249) and the Water Brush to fill in the remaining space on the wreath. Keep in mind, mine is asymmetrical so I left a space blank!



Step 4: Paint the Bow

Next, use the reds from the Dual Brush Pen Holiday 10-Pack to paint the bow. I drew the bow as three different ribbons. For the thick ribbon, I used Dual Brush Pen 837 and Dual Brush Pen 847 for the thin ribbons. To paint the bow, add Dual Brush Pen 837 directly to the bow and lightly brush it with the Water Brush to dilute the color. When you add color, be sure to leave some white space too. Don’t completely color in the bow with the Dual Brush Pen. Adding water will cause the ink to spread some and leaving white space leaves room for the color to break and blend.


Let Dual Brush Pen 837 dry then repeat with Dual Brush Pen 847 on the thinner ribbons. Let the bow dry.


Step 5: Add Details with Dual Brush Pens

Once the watercolor is dry, add details with the Dual Brush Pens. Adding another layer of pure color over the watercolor can be a great way to add texture and depth. I used Dual Brush Pen 026 to watercolor a gold rim to finish framing the wreath, 526 and 947 to add berries, and all of the reds and greens to add a little depth to the foliage and bow.

We COULD stop here, but if you’ve seen my work before, you know I love to add line work on top of watercolor. So onto step six to finish the wreath!



Step 6: Ink Details

Finally, to finish the wreath, use the fine tip side of the MONO Twin Permanent Marker to loosely draw line details over the wreath. Don’t try to outline every leaf. Just add enough ink to give the piece some motion and depth and don’t worry about it being perfect! My favorite wreaths (and art pieces) are the ones that feel organic and free!



Thank you so much for reading through! If you use this tutorial to create your own painting with Dual Brush Pens and the MONO Twin Permanent Marker, be sure to tag @tombowusa and @graceannestudio so we can cheer you on! For more Dual Brush Pen and MONO Twin Permanent Marker inspiration, check out these posts below:

Happy painting!




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