This tall plant in a pot at the Native Plant Project greenhouse at work was calling to me. I chose to paint directly with Tombow dual tip markers and a waterbrush. In a Canson Mixed Media sketchbook, I started laying down tan, brown purple and red marks for the flowers and stem. Just a few strokes of color from these water soluble markers goes a long way... once you add water. It's best to use a paper with sizing, like the Canson Mixed Media sketchbook has. The paper in an Aquabee or Stillman & Birn sketchbooks also work very well with this technique.
This is a timed sketch. You can get a lot of color with these markers in just 10 minutes!
But could I stop here? Nope : )
I set the timer for another 10 minutes. I was able to add some brown Micron pen ink to the flowers and stem. Then added the the plant names / common and Latin, and a few details.