Three weeks of continued experimentation

October 26, 2022 | 8 Comments

It’s finally time to catch up on all my recent sketches – three weeks’ worth!

I’ve been continuing to explore ways of combining Faber Castell Goldfaber Aqua markers with watercolour and I’m absolutely loving the colour combos and the fun textures that I’m achieving.

I particularly like the way the transparent pastel hues from the markers (such as Lavender Light) are visible under the granulation of the watercolour washes and I love the backruns/blossoming of the dye-based markers.

Most of the sketches on these pages are done with both markers and watercolour. But look out for a few sketches that are just watercolour (with or without ink) and a few sketches that are marker without watercolour.  You’ll also see the two colour sketches using the Pilot Brush Pens that I’ve shared previously.

In the full double-page spread collection below you will find…

Lots of Village Green sketches (surprise surprise!)

Wet day sketches – normally from a local taxi stand and…

a few pages from cafe visits.

A visit to Headland Point with some fun explorations in layering colour and ink textures.

A few teacups – this is a paint-only OCR (Old Country Roses). BTW my latest Teacup and Teapot Project is on hold at the moment.

Lots of colour swatches – looking at Colour and Value at the moment in my Watercolour On Location course has been a prompt. This particular collection of swatches has some marker colour under the watercolour.

And a new palette from Aquarius – more about that soon.

Okay… now it’s time to share all the pages I’ve done in the last few weeks (less a few pages as part of my recent Interior Designer workshop).

Double-page spreads



I hope that you enjoyed seeing all my recent sketches… it’s certainly a lot of work to keep up to date! 🙂 

I’m doing so much everyday sketching lately and I’m just loving all the experimentation. I hope that you are having as much fun sketching at the moment as I am!



  • judy mckinley says:

    Hi Liz –

    First of all I want to say – Of all the emails I get over the days, yours is definitely up there with ones I really enjoy . Thank you for all your generous sharing!

    And I particularly enjoyed this article on Goldfaber markers. I loved the colours. I have a couple of questions for you:
    Have you tried the Albrecht Duhrer ones? Apparently they are pigment based and more ‘advanced’ .. But you made these look so great!

    And have you tried the Tombow? I have them and I find them versatile in many ways, super freeing! but they have a bit of that odd dye colour look .. I do use my brush and a palette a lot with them .

    I look forward to hearing before I buy ( I would try one of the Faber Castell lines)

    Thanks again! I know I will read this article more
    Times. And your fountain pen series! Fab! I’ve read that so many times as well!

    Thank you Liz ?


    • Liz Steel says:

      Thanks Judy,=!!!!
      Yes I’ve used the AD Markers – see here:

      I love them too and used them for a few weeks in August/Sept. So right now I’m exploring the GoldFabers at the moment.

      I’m yet to try Tombows in a similar way – it seems that they have a more usable colour range… but I’m having fun with some of the crazy GF intense colours.

  • Alexandra sirugue macleod says:

    Wonderful article and sketches Liz!
    Thanks so much for sharing ~

  • Keyton Weissinger says:

    Hi Liz,

    My name is Keyton Weissinger. I follow you from the US (Atlanta, Georgia area). I am ALWAYS glad to get your email newsletter. I love your style and I love your clear enjoyment of the craft. So many artists out there are trying so hard to be so precious and it just gets in the way. Your art is always so clearly YOU and so beautiful and clear at portraying the essence of what you’re drawing.

    Thank you so much for sharing yourself and your art with all of us!


  • Elora says:


    The marker/watercolor mixtures are the perfect dreamy colors. Your work has inspired me to try my hand at more architecture, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. I also grabbed Matthew Rice’s Architectural Primer after you mentioned it.

    By the way, if you were to publish your sketchbooks, I would definitely buy them. God bless! – Elora

    • Liz Steel says:

      Thanks Elora _i’m loving the combo a lot. As for publishing my work… I’ve been thinking of putting together a year book… but not sure when I will ever get the time for that!

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