Creativity Unlocked feat. Hawaiian Shores Brush and Fine Tip Pens | Try These 2 Techniques with Brush and Fine Tip Pens!

by Jenny

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Hi everyone! It's Jenny here, and today I'm joining you with another fun way to use the Hawaiian Shores Brush and Fine Tip Pens.

Welcome to Creativity Unlocked, where we highlight a new product from each month's collection or a fan-favorite from past collections! Discover each product's endless creative possibilities and get inspired to create the paper crafting ideas we share here. Keep on reading for exclusive tips from our designers, handy tips and tricks, and stunning project inspiration from talented crafters.

Techniques with Hawaiian Shores Brush and Fine Tip Pens

Be sure to check out my earlier post and video, where I show you how to use the pens to create freehand (almost!) watercolor paintings. This time, I'll show you how to use the pens to create an almost batik-type look.

Keep on reading for more tips and project ideas using these brush and fine tip pens!  

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Hawaiian Shores Brush & Fine Tip Pens (Water-Based)

Take a trip to the Hawaiian shores with this set of 12 water-based dual-tip pens! The colors have been thoughtfully selected to use with your favorite floral stamps, coloring books, and more! We have carefully chosen a sturdy yet flexible brush tip that is perfect for brush calligraphy, and the fine tip lends itself well to hand lettering. Each marker contains a fine nib for detail work as well as a brush nib for covering large areas, blending, and calligraphy.

Techniques with Hawaiian Shores Brush and Fine Tip Pens

Card #1: Batik

The Scalloped Ornaments stamp set is perfect for this technique – an outline stamp with solid ‘filler images'. You can use this technique with a variety of stamps, but it works best with a solid area of a stamp.

I first stamped the two outline images from the stamp set in Jet Back Crisp Dye ink and let it dry. I used panels of Hot Press watercolor cardstock as I'll be using a lot of water.

Color in the Stamp

I then lined up each solid stamp over the outlined image, picking it up with my MISTI. Using the Brush Pens, I colored in the solid area with a lighter color, then added some contrast with a darker color. For my first card, I used yellows and oranges.

Add Water

I added a few spritzes with my Fine Mister and then stamped it down, letting the water wick out on the stamp. I wiped off the stamp, adding a few more swipes of darker ink if needed, re-spritzing and re-stamping.

Techniques with Hawaiian Shores Brush and Fine Tip Pens

I repeated this technique until all of the pieces had been stamped – using greens for the leaves and red and purple for the pinecone in the center, giving a brownish color.

Pen-to-Paper for the Details

The genius of these pens is that you can also come in over the top with a direct-to-paper fine tip or brush tip – I added detail here and there with the markers to add more shadow and fill in the fine areas. I also added the scalloped circle detail using Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink, then die cut out with the coordinating dies.

Pen Ink Smooshing

For the background, I swiped several of the pens onto the Crafter's Essential Stamping Mat, spritzed with the Fine Mister, and picked up the color with another panel of Hot Press cardstock. I dried it and then smushed it down one more time. After drying again, I ran it through with the Sylvan Baroque 3D Embossing Folder.

As a finishing touch, I added a swipe of Enchanted Gold Pigment ink over the raised areas, then adhered the die cut over the top with foam tape so that the swirls radiated out.

I finished with a sentiment from the Dotted Pinwheels stamp set stamped in Obsidian Pigment Ink and popped up on top.

Techniques with Hawaiian Shores Brush and Fine Tip Pens

Card #2: Clean and Simple

For my other image, I used the exact same technique, using purples and blues for the main flowers. I added Enchanted Gold and gold gel pen detailing and then die cut it.

I wanted to keep this card more clean and simple. I popped the image up on foam onto the center of a white panel of cardstock. I stamped a sentiment from the Dotted Pinwheels stamp set using Obsidian Pigment ink and finished with a few splatters of black ink mixed with water. This version is a lot more clean and simple, and I think it's my fave. I love the colors together.

Techniques with Hawaiian Shores Brush and Fine Tip Pens

You can check out the full technique video over on the Altenew YouTube channel here:

1 Product, Multiple Ways!

Before you go, here are a few card ideas featuring these water-based brush and fine tip pens!

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These brush and fine tip pens can be used on your fave outline floral stamps!

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Use these pens to color in any of your outline stamps, pop it up against an ink-blended background, add a sentiment, and you're good to go! 


Create a full panel of stunning florals (colored with these pens), and add some splatters and pearls for that extra elegant shine!


Add an interest to the background by stamping your outline image using a light ink color and leaving them uncolored. 

Sandhya Iyer Altenew PAF Himalayan Poppy Hawaiian shores brush and fine tip pens

Keep it clean and simple – just like Sandhya did in her card above. Let the beautiful and vibrant colors be the focal point of your project.

Which project/s caught your eye? Comment below! Thank you for stopping by!


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