Old Country Roses and a waterbrush

November 29, 2023 | 8 Comments

Sometimes I just need a little OCR! (Old Country Roses by Royal Albert)

Fun Fact: This sketch was done using a waterbrush! I’m not sure if I’ve ever done a teacup sketch using a waterbrush. It certainly felt strange not using my beloved dagger brush but it’s been great to develop my waterbrush skills – it’s certainly harder to control the water until you get used to these brushes. This was done with a large Pentel Aquash brush.

Teacups sure make a perfect subject to sketch during busy seasons. So I think I’ll be doing a few in the coming weeks!

All the important observational and drawing skills can be learned by sketching teacups, plus you get to use all the colours in your palette! And if somehow you don’t know… I have a Teacups course – you can start anytime and work at your own pace. Find out more here!

BTW more about using a waterbrush coming soon!


  • Doug Allen says:

    You turn out these beautiful sketches that look so simple on the paper, they describe exactly what it is, you can sense the whole thing including the heat and aroma coming off the surface of the tea. Amazing. But, so hard to do for us mere mortals, even using good brushes and artist quality paint! I would have thought that using a water-brush would have made it harder, so I’ll be interested to see the upcoming lessons. Keep it up. You’re amazing.

  • Ionne McCauley says:

    Lovely, lovely sketch Liz! I agree with Doug’s comment about the aroma and the heat of the tea. 🙂 Not to mention the glorious colour and pigment parties.
    I used a waterbrush for ages before I thought I was good enough for a “real” brush- (read- a really good one). I sometimes still use one (I only use the Pentel large Aquash) if I am sneaking in a sketch with restricted time or just sneaking in a sketch where I don’t want to draw attention. I’ve always been pretty happy with the results, but I’m not too particular, as long as I can get a sketch in. I am looking forward to your upcoming posts about this process.

    • Liz Steel says:

      Thanks Ionne!!!! it’s been really good to revisit using a waterbrush. It worked well for this sketch but not so good in other situations. stay tuned for more!

  • John Burman says:

    Always delighted to see your work. Spurs me on. I use a water brush sometimes but prefer my Rosemary pure sable travel brush. Small point of typology: I’ve is what I see in gmail on my Mac.

    • Liz Steel says:

      Thanks John – sorry about those funny characters… it was a one-off glitch that I wasn’t able to fix in time.

  • Jamie C says:

    Looks like you are mastering the Waterbrush!

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