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Monday, 25 July 2011

MCC Colouring 101 Wk 1 - Migrating Ink, Inkpad Pallettes & Pencils


from my sketchbook


Migrating Ink
Stamp: Elusive Images (Chocolate Baroque) UDLGGSPO23 Nature's Peace
Ink: Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Since I'm happy with the Cotman Cold Pressed 190gsm watercolour paper I had settled on using that for all my projects but, as I was working on my first images using the migrating properties of water soluble ink, I had an itch to replicate what I was doing on the Langton Hot Pressed 300gsm watercolour paper. What a surprise when I did. I could barely move the ink to create a shadow outside my stamped image (top row) despite adding copious amounts of water & had only slightly better success when moving the ink within the stamped lines (bottom row). Additionally the whole image appeared somewhat bleached (right). I much prefer the vibrancy & ease of manipulation when using the Cotman (left).

 Inkpad Pallettes
Stamp: Elusive Images (Chocolate Baroque) UDLSP0235 Nature's Table
Inks: Forest Moss & Barn Door Distress Inks
This was not as easy as it might look for I discovered that I needed to select the image that I chose bearing in mind the different colours I was going to combine. My first attempts had too many elements but applying Glenda's colour theory teaching in conjunction with a an artist's colour wheel I was rather pleased with this (bottom right) result. The first (top left) is the image simply stamped, then (top right) with ink pulled into the image using a wet paintbrush & thirdly (bottom left) using the same inkpad as a palette.

Adding Pencils
Stamp: Elusive Images (Chocolate Baroque) UDLSP0235 Nature's Table
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink  Colouring: Derwent Coloursoft Pencils

7 comments:

Aquarius said...

Very comprehensive and interesting how different papers affect the outcome. I like the way you've achieved a real 'shine' on the one using coloured pencils.

saturated canary said...

The migrating ink bottom left image looks amazing. so crisp!! and i love how the colored pencils added such vibrancy to your last image. colored pencils are always my go-to. i couldn't make artwork without them:). i understand them so much better than markers, ink, or paint! thanks for the great info and helpful visuals!

have a lovely day Paula! xoxo

Claire said...

Brilliant job Paula, its amazing how the inks react differently with those papers and I love your red/green mix.
Claire xx

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Elaine said...

Fabulous Paula. My personal favourites are the bottom left one on the migrating ink project, it looks so real! And also the bottom left one on the inkpad pallettes project because I love all the green shading.

Hugs Elaine xx

GinaA said...

Hi Paula, you have been busy and your practicing has certainly paid off. The chestnut on the coltman paper is brilliant and using the green ink for the horse chestnut image was very instructive. Using the pencils gives a really detailed finish.
Thanks for sharing.
GinaA

xxxtglxxx said...

I love the vibrancy and depth on the Cotman image too Paula :)

hugs,

xxalisonxx