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Drawing with Ink and Watercolours with Kalliopi Lyviaki

This topic will cover the fundamentals of ink and watercolours and shows you how to progress and combine the two. Drawing with ink can be particularly challenging as it is difficult to correct mistakes. Therefore, Kalliopi shows you some great ink work techniques using our pigment liners for a stress-free drawing. She will share with you her trademark style of combining pigment liners with metallic markers to accentuate and beautify your work. And finally, Kalliopi also shows you how to effectively use watercolours to create simple yet eye-catchingly impressive artworks.

Creative genius Kalliopi Lyviaki

HI I’m Kalliopi, an artist and YouTuber from Greece! I’ve been a creative person since high school. I loved creating realistic pencil drawings, especially portraits. It gave me the basic knowledge I needed to explore and experiment with other materials. Nowadays, I mainly use watercolours and inks, as well as creating digital illustrations. Two years ago, I started my YouTube channel where I give watercolour tutorials and share anything else that makes my creative heart beat just that little bit faster. My art is often inspired by fashion, tattoos, illustrations and also more traditional mediums, such as watercolours. I find that studying classic tattoos is the perfect way to learn how to draw because of their simple designs and clean lines.

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Focal Points of the Course:

  • Drawing techniques with black inks: dot shading, line shading and negative space drawing 
  • Metallic highlights as eye-catchers in your drawings
  • Old school tattoo drawing style and children’s book illustration style
  • Usage and mixing of earthy, natural colours with watercolour paints
  • Different effects with watercolour mediums: a misty effect with watercolour paints, colour gradients with watercolour brush pens and textures with watercolour pencils

over 90 minutes of video tutorials

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Session 1: About Kalliopi and Introduction to Dot Shading

About Kalliopi and Introduction to Dot Shading - Session 1 | STAEDTLER Art Class

Get to know our creative mind Kalliopi! Kalliopi will introduce herself shortly and tell you how she began her creative journey. Afterwards, you will dive right into the first technique and learn how to use dot shading to create drawings with “wow effect”.

Session 2: Line Shading

Line Shading - Session 2 | STAEDTLER Art Class

In session two you will learn how to use lines for creating shading effects. See how Kalliopi creates a beautiful flower arrangement with only black ink and a good amount of lines. Add a silver touch for the moon and you have created a masterpiece.

Session 3: Negative Space Drawing

Negative Space Drawing - Session 3 | STAEDTLER Art Class

In this session Kalliopi will introduce you to something extraordinary and super cool: drawing in the negative space. Learn how you can apply this technique by following simple rules and tricks. Ready to add some more metallic highlights?

Session 4: Line Work and Colour Fading

Line Work and Colour Fading - Session 4 | STAEDTLER Art Class

Learn how to create a clean line work in contrast to sketchy-looking lines. Kalliopi will show you how to do so in reference to old school tattoos and will also show you how to create nice colour fading and gradients with watercolour brush pens.

Session 5: Blending Watercolours and Adding Texture

Blending Watercolours and Adding Texture - Session 5 | STAEDTLER Art Class

A lighthouse is always a pretty drawing motif. Learn how to create this simple lighthouse and how to surround it with trees and bushes in a children’s book illustration style with watercolour paints. Discover creative ways of using coloured pencils for adding texture to your drawings.

Session 6: Colour Choice and Mixing Watercolours

Colour Choice and Mixing Watercolours - Session 6 | STAEDTLER Art Class

Kalliopi loves to use earthy tones in her drawings. In this session, she will show you how she chooses her colour palette and how she mixes them with browns and ochres to tone them down. With the resulting natural colours she will create a beautiful leaf illustration.

Session 7: Creating a Misty Effect With Watercolours

Creating a Misty Effect With Watercolours - Session 7 | STAEDTLER Art Class

Discover how to create a blurry, misty effect using a wet-in-wet technique with watercolour paints. Kalliopi will teach you how to create a mesmerising forest illustration with this mystical, magical, misty look. Are you ready for it?


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Mars® Lumograph® 100Mars® Lumograph® 100Drawing pencilCardboard box containing 6 drawing pencils in assorted degrees, 1 eraser and 1 metal sharpener
STAEDTLER® 3001STAEDTLER® 3001Double-ended watercolour brush penWallet containing 36 double-ended watercolour brush pens in assorted colours
STAEDTLER® 8323STAEDTLER® 8323Metallic penWallet containing 10 metallic pen in assorted colours
STAEDTLER® 989STAEDTLER® 989Synthetic brushBlistercard containing 3 brushes: #2 round, #8 round, #8 flat
pigment liner 308pigment liner 308FinelinerSTAEDTLER box containing 6 pigment liner in assorted colours (yellow, fuchsia, light blue, light green, light brown, grey), line width approx. 0.5 mm
pigment liner 308pigment liner 308FinelinerSTAEDTLER Box containing 6 pigment liner in assorted colours (orange, red, violet, blue, green, brown), line width approx. 0.5 mm