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Drawing with Ink and Watercolours with Kalliopi Lyviaki

This topic will cover the fundamentals of drawing with 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, but Kalliopi will show you some great ink work techniques using our pigment liners for 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 will also demonstrate how to effectively use watercolours to create simple yet eye-catchingly impressive artwork.



Focal Points of the Course:

  • Drawing techniques with black ink: dot shading, line shading, and negative space drawing
  • Using 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

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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, as she introduces herself and tells 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 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: drawing in the negative space. Learn how you can apply this technique by following simple rules and tricks, like adding metallic highlights.

Session 4: Line Work and Colour Fading

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

Learn how to create 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 using 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 change the tone. With the resulting natural colours you 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

In the final session, discover how to create a blurry, misty effect using a wet-on-wet technique with watercolour paints. Kalliopi will teach you how to create a mesmerising forest illustration with this mystical, magical, misty look.


STAEDTLER® 8880STAEDTLER® 8880Watercolour paint

Cardboard box containing 24 watercolour paints in assorted colours

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pigment liner 308pigment liner 308Fineliner

Blistercard containing 3 pigment liner black in assorted line widths (0.1, 0.2, 0.3-2.0) and 2 metallic pen 8323 gold and silver

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Mars® Lumograph® 100Mars® Lumograph® 100Drawing pencil

Metal case containing 12 drawing pencils in assorted degrees

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STAEDTLER® 146 10CSTAEDTLER® 146 10CWatercolour pencil

Cardboard box containing 24 watercolour pencils in assorted colours

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STAEDTLER® 3001STAEDTLER® 3001Double-ended watercolour brush pen

Wallet containing 36 double-ended watercolour brush pens in assorted colours

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STAEDTLER® 8323STAEDTLER® 8323Metallic pen

Wallet containing 10 metallic pen in assorted colours

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STAEDTLER® 989STAEDTLER® 989Synthetic brush

Blistercard containing 3 brushes: #2 round, #8 round, #8 flat

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rasoplast 526 B-9rasoplast 526 B-9Eraser

Blistercard containing 2 erasers 526 B30-9

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In Partnership with Crafty Arts

The Design Journey Art Class is brought to you by STAEDTLER UK in partnership with Crafty Arts, our online retail partner.

Crafty Arts are a family Arts & Crafts business, offering a wide range of art supplies, as well as tutorials and tips, so you can be creative daily.

Get everything you need for all of the Design Journey Art Classes exclusively through Crafty Arts!

Product bundle for session 1 & 2

Product bundle for session 3 & 4

Product bundle for session 5, 6 & 7

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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 heartbeat 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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