Instead of using watercolours in pans, you can use watercolour pencils, sticks/gelatos and crayons with a water-reservoir brush or stiffer regular brush, but in the way you would paint with pans.
Tip-to-tip transfer: Brush over your water-soluble crayon/stick etc. (use more strokes to intensify the colour) and then apply it onto the paper. Alternatively draw with the crayon direcly on the edge of the paper or a separate paper and take the colour with the brush from there.
This way the colour application is much softer than drawing directly on the paper and going over the lines with a brush. You can colour a dainty little drawing or cover a DinA3 and larger paper with beautiful patterns.
If you don’t have a watercolour travel pan set, you can always take your pencils, crayons etc. and a water-reservoir brush pen. There will be no spills, it does not take up too much space and you have double the use out of the pencils. Using them with the brush and also drawing details directly with them.
It is also something different to go over the crayon/pencil with a wet brush than immersing the whole crayon/pencil tip in water, which can damage the lead.
I also went over a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen with the water-reservoir brush to take colour and transfer to the paper. After drying the colour is going nowhere, because of the waterproof ink used in the pens. Why would someone do this to an already brush shaped pen tip ? You can cover a bigger area this way than with the small, less flexible brush pen tip; you can gently glaze the paper and if your brush pens are older, you still get good use out of them without having to draw streaky (although I found it can make also nice effects).
Painting on wet paper with the laden brush helps covering the paper surface quicker.
Since last year’s solvent search flop (zest-it) I hadn’t really pursued other options. This January I was reminded of this again, (thank you Steve for writing to me about this topic). I have heard of people using baby oil as substitute. So I gave it a first try with coconut oil.
I just threw randomly colour on smooth sketch paper (190g/m^2-90lbs; Hahnemühle sketch paper), transferred some of the coconut oil on the back of my hand and dipped my finger in it and was able to blend with it. This seemed to work so well, so I made my own little experiment the next day, with oils and other stuff I stumbled upon.
What I used:
mixed Media Paper (250g/m^2-169lbs; Daler Rowney) with a rougher surface
transparent lip balm
baby face&body lotion
cotton buds (brand doesn’t matter, mine are vegan, waterneutral ones by Hydrophile)
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Speedball Art is a cruelty-free company and the companies they work with for the calligraphy fountain pens and for printing are vegan friendly as well.
Vegan Speedball Art Products(an incomplete list):
all products of the drawing & lettering lines (Super Pigmented Acrylic Drawing and Calligraphy Ink, Nibs, Super Black India Ink, Pen Cleaner, Pen Holders -they have an oblique pen nib holder and offer also calligraphy products for left-handed people and a cartooning pen set; the Speedball Textbook, Elegant Writer, Calligraphy Fountain Pens and ink cartridges) https://www.speedballart.com/uploads/Drawing%20&%20Lettering.pdf
Following Block and Screen Printing Products :
water-soluble block printing ink
water-soluble block printing ink pearlescent base
water-soluble block printing ink retarder
water-soluble block printing ink extender
water-soluble block printing ink transparent extender base
fabric block printing ink
fabric block printing ink extender
water-soluble screen printing ink
acrylic screen printing ink
professional acrylic screen printing ink
fabric screen printing ink
opaque fabric screen printing ink
water-soluble transparent extender base (screen printing)
acrylic extender base (screen printing)
fabric and acrylic transparent base (screen printing)
fabric and acrylic screen retarder base ————————————————-