Gelly Roll pens on top of acrylic and / or watercolors?
Hi all. I am brand-new to these forums and hoping you can advise me. I hope this is the correct board (If not and someone knows where it should go, please let me know).
I'm a writer who's has been trying to add my work on top of the paintings I've done. I sometimes use acrylics, but mostly watercolor. Lately, I've used both watercolor postcards and handmade paper as my mediums.
Since I'm new at this and didn't know where to start, I went to my local art store and explained what I wanted to do. The employee there told me to buy some clear gesso, do the painting work, then apply another level of gesso and do the writing after it had dried.
I spent a lot of time looking for pens that will write on top of paint, and the name I saw most consistently was Gelly Roll (specifically, the Moonlight, Classic, and Souffle sets), including on this forum.
I've done a few postcards and one piece on handmade paper, but I'm clearly not doing this right. The pens have to dig into the cards to make any kind of impact, and I'm sure that's bad for the cards, the pens, AND my hand.
So my question - is it possible to write with the Gelly Rolls I have got on top of watercolor? Should I try acrylics instead? Did the employee at the art store give me bad information, or an I just doing it wrong?
I read this morning that some people use acrylic ink and a very fine applicator for writing (my work is usually 200-600 words, so it's a lot for a painting). My budget is very limited, and I know those inks can be expensive...and I've already got all these pens!
Would appreciate any and all assistance, and I thank you for your time reading.