Wednesday, January 4, 2012
What is this blank-ness of paper that I see?
Or, could it possibly be the beginning of a large mess in the sink that will feed the round file?
Well, follow along with me and see what you think...
First step is to securely tape some 140 pound watercolor paper to a sheet of plexiglass - well, at least that's what I did. If you try this technique, you will want a nonporus surface that can be soaked in water and a paper that can take the soaking and will work well with mixed media. I like a sized surface, so 140 pound watercolor paper was my choice.
The second step is really fun. Take some permanent ink - Dr. Ph. Martin's Black Star matte waterproof India Ink was my choice - and, using the little dropper deal in the lid, paint the ink thickly on your paper. It will look something like this...
Wait a little while until the ink puddles start to dry up a little bit. Then, take your board and your paper and dive into the third step - literally - as you spray or pour water over the paper to wash off part of the ink. How much ink stays depends on how dry you let the ink get before you wash it off the paper. Don't forget to wash it all out of your sink, too. *ick* When the ink is washed off, it should look something like this...
I think I may have let my ink get a bit too dry before I washed it off of this one. On some of the others, there is a more dramatic difference in the line quality, whereas this one is a bit more subtle.
Step four is where I added a bit more line work using the same ink - keeping my lines very sketchy and resisting the temptation to make this a detailed drawing.
I think the result is a very bold and exciting little painting. The expressive line quality and bright colors blend nicely to create the mood that I wanted. For those of you who like a bit of the "element of surprise" when you create artwork, the unpredictability of the ink washing away will be fun. This is very different from my usual painting style, but I like it. What do you think?
Have you tried something new in this New Year? *laughs* This was lots more fun for me than making a list of resolutions!
Happy Creative New Year!
PS This was a challenge from the Blogging Business Artisans - a fun group of creative bloggers!