Thursday, May 19, 2011
This was an experimental sketch using water soluble fountain pen ink. I drew the sketch as I would with permanent ink, using hatching to show curvature and shadow. So far so good.
Then came the moment of truth with a waterbrush to blend the ink into a wash.
The heavily hatched places became solid color. Definition between the objects disappeared. Everything turned into a big blue blob. In spots with lighter hatching the ink lines disappeared altogether.
Crap! Wasn't expecting that!
I let those first swipes dry, reconsidered my options, then went back to the margin and swiped water again. That resulted in shading closer to my original expectations. The ink blended more smoothly into white. There was simply too much ink on the page in the beginning.
On the lettering I barely touched the ink line with the waterbrush. The ink flowed out creating interesting blobby patterns. Some I smoothed out to a uniform color, some I left blobby.
It took a while to adjust to this ink and wash technique. It was scary and unfamiliar. I began with a heart attack about the ink's reaction to the water. But when I began to play with it to see what it would do, I started having fun. Art is all about having fun after all.
I don't think this technique is something I would use on a regular basis. The results don't resonate with my soul. But I wouldn't have known that unless I tried.
Pen: Lamy Safari, extra-fine nib
Ink: Diamine Majestic Blue
Paints: Watercolors: W&N New Gamboge and MaimeriBlu Raw Sienna
Brush: Niji waterbrush with water
Paper: Reflexions 6" x 6" spiral sketchbook with multi-media paper