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Extract from Pinterest Perfect! • By Walter Foster Creative Team and Jamielyn Nye

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This is a really fun and simple doodle exercise that uses only a few materials. I discovered this technique when I accidentally splashed drinking water over my ink doodle. Yes, the drawing was ruined, but the accident produced a really soft and unexpected inky effect, which I really loved. In this project, we’ll put what was originally an accident to good use, and draw a cute monster.

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  • How to make a techniques. Little Inky Monster - Step 1
    Step 1

    On a piece of watercolor paper, start your monster doodle by drawing the head and body first, using the black fountain pen. I did my line in a zigzag fashion, but you can use clean lines if you prefer.

  • How to make a techniques. Little Inky Monster - Step 2
    Step 2

    Add eyes, horns, a nose, and legs to finish the drawing.

  • How to make a techniques. Little Inky Monster - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now the fun starts! Dip your small watercolor brush in clean water. Then apply to your monster, starting with the head.

  • How to make a techniques. Little Inky Monster - Step 4
    Step 4

    Stay within the lines and touch the inky line work with your wet brush. The black ink will start to spread with the water, creating a fun and soft inky effect.

  • How to make a techniques. Little Inky Monster - Step 5
    Step 5

    Continue painting with water until you fill up the whole body. Then let the drawing dry completely.

  • How to make a techniques. Little Inky Monster - Step 6
    Step 6

    Once dry add a few hairs on the forehead with the pen. Brush over them lightly with the wet watercolor brush.

  • How to make a techniques. Little Inky Monster - Step 7
    Step 7

    Dab a little bit of pink pan pastel color with a cotton swab and apply it to the monster’s cheeks. Use your finger to even out the color. I love using pan pastel because it produces a soft, glowing effect.

  • How to make a techniques. Little Inky Monster - Step 8
    Step 8

    Add a funny face to your monster! Draw a big smile, some teeth, and a few freckles.

  • How to make a techniques. Little Inky Monster - Step 9
    Step 9

    Add some stripes to the monster’s horns, and then apply water to the stripes. Add arms and a few more hairs to the body, and apply some water to the hairs as well. I put some pink pan pastel in the ears and drew a little flower to finish the doodle.

  • How to make a techniques. Little Inky Monster - Step 10
    Step 10

    Artist’s Tip:

    You can create lightly inked water to apply to your drawings for extra accent or texture. Draw an ink blob with your black fountain pen on a piece of scratch paper; then use the small watercolor brush to apply water over it.

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