How To Draw And Paint A Famous Stave Church

In-depth tutorial showing how to freehand draw directly with ink and how to enhance the artwork with an easy watercolor wash.

Diana Vogt

10/8/20232 min read

Ink Drawing Tutorial | Watercolor Wash | Sketching Architecture

First video of my own personal Inktober 2023 challenge, titled "October 2023 Ink Series". Since I was unable to commit to the daily/weekly prompts of the official Inktober challenge, (because I don't do well with prompts, lol), I basically came up with my own version:

To draw freehand, directly with ink, using nothing but one of my favorite calligraphy fountain pens - the Sailor Fude De Mannen with a 40 degree nib. I determined to be as detailed as possible to show off all the ink. Another focus of my challenge was to mainly draw architecture, because that's fun for me. Since I'm also a watercolor artist, I added the option of applying watercolor to my finished illustrations, but it was not one of the requirements since the main focus was to be the ink.

In this video I show how to confidently freehand draw an architectural structure, directly with ink. I explain how to achieve wonderful line variations, as well as expressive linework, with a specialized calligraphy fountain pen. I then show how to successfully enhance the illustration by adding a watercolor wash. I explain all the techniques I utilize along with how to color mix correctly to get the desired tones and values of color.

The building used as a reference for this illustration is the famous Gustav Adolf Stave Church in Hahnenklee, a borough of Goslar in the Harz mountains.

Ink and Watercolor Wash Illustration by Artist Diana Vogt
Ink and Watercolor Wash Illustration by Artist Diana Vogt
Freehand Ink Illustration by Artist Diana Vogt
Freehand Ink Illustration by Artist Diana Vogt

Materials List:

Canson SL Wirebound Watercolor Sketchbook (9x12in.):

Sailor Fude De Mannen Fountain Pen (40 degree nib):

Sailor Fountain Pen Converter (for the ink):

Waterproof Ink - Noodler's Lexington Gray:

Paul Ruben's Professional Watercolor Paint Set:

Escoda Travel Brushes:

Winsor & Newton Cotman Short Handle Brushes: