Pen and wash is a fresh and fun way of combining some watercolour technique with your drawing skills. A wash is a term for a visual arts technique resulting in a semi-transparent layer of colour. A wash of diluted watercolour paint applied in combination with drawing is called ‘’pen and wash’’. Normally only one or two colours of wash are used over selected areas of the drawing to emphasise focal points in the drawing. If students are not so keen on drawing, or not confident this could be a great way to up your skills with drawing, but using paint mediums as well. Pen and wash is a lovely free way of working, where the brush work/pen work is soft and loose, and is the element that holds the images together and gives them strength. Using lightweight materials it makes this process perfect for travel journaling or quick inspired sketches.