A Scribbly Rose, Remade on Canvas. With Ballpoint Pens

You may have noticed a partial blue rose picture I posted a while ago, which was done as an experiment. I have numerous small canvases with random painting experiments done on them, does anyone else do this? Do you think I can sell them as abstract art?

Where was I?

Oh yes. Well, I made a finished piece based on the experiment. This is a “painting” (If it’s on canvas, my mind declares it as a painting.) of one of my digital scribbly paintings, drawn in a similar fashion using ball point pens over a blue marker background on 8×10 inch wrapped canvas.

The scan isn’t great… who knew a $30 printer/scanner would wind up being a hunk of crap? Weird. And it doesn’t achieve quite the level of detail that I can get on the digital version, but I am rather happy with it.

Should you be interested, this piece is for sale @ $25.00 + shipping, and you can contact me about it in the comments here, or on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mariannemasonillustration. 8709478717_af8eb615fc_k



I’ve been wanting to do actual physical scribbly drawings, and have found that ball point pens seem to work best. After trying it out on paper, I started thinking that it would look kinda cool on canvas, my subconscious replied that ball point pen does not belong on canvas. I asked it why the hell not and it had no response, so…I am experimenting.

This is ballpoint pens (blue & white gel) + liner on canvas. It’s one of my previous digital scribbly sketches, though I left a fair amount of the original out, as I really just wanted to see how it would look on canvas before I try a full piece. Also, to test how the white gel pen would work over the darker pens. The camera sort of dulls the white, so imagine those parts as brighter.

The only real problem is that, with a digital piece, I’m working on a MUCH larger scale, so the lines look much thinner, and I’m able to get better detail with them because of that.

ballpoint rose

Another Swirly Betta Painting 3 Ways

(No, not the menage a trois type of 3 way.)

First here is my usual acrylic paints and ink on stretched canvas, it is meant to be a set with a Betta painting I posted earlier.


And the same design, finished in mixed media. Watercolour pencils for the main body colour, and outlined in black ink, then sealant, and then a wash of acrylic inks over the sealent to give it that blotchy look, on Terraskin paper


And finally the same design in watercolour, on watercolour paper, and outlined using black ink fine-line pen. This one I think is my favourite.


A Swirly Betta Painting

And for today, let me show off my first Swirly Betta painting. I have three so far in total. I say so far, because chances are that I’ll make more. I love bettas, and they make wonderful subjects for flowing designs. I love them so much I won’t allow myself to buy a new one, because mine are always doomed. This one is based on a photo of one of my poor doomed bettas.

This is acrylic inks and paints on stretched canvas.




A Swirly Frog Painting

I really need more practice painting. And to apologize to the 2 people who might have noticed my lack of posting. I blame migraines. It was either one really long one with a couple brief intermissions, or three or so that decided to gangbang me. Anyhow, as much as I’m sure you enjoy reading me make gangbang references to headaches, here’s a frog. It’s acrylic inks and paints on 5 in by 7 in stretched canvas.