Last night I decided to have a little play with my new De Atramentis Inks (If you missed it the full set is here). BTW Wednesday night is now my ‘play night’ … the next week Foundations class goes live so it is time just to catch up with myself or play a little before getting started on the next week’s lesson.
I have been thinking all week about what colour to mix – too many options available – but then I thought about my beloved brown ochre watercolour pencil and that got me thinking. What would it be like to have a raw sienna coloured ink? There is only one way to find out!
So I mixed myself a little quantity from the Document Yellow and Brown ink, filled up an empty cartridge and then tested in on the two subject I know and love best!
First a tea cup… of course! The colour wasn’t quite raw sienna – more a greeny gold, but it was fine for the teacup. It was a completely wierd experience to be working with a light coloured ink; I am used to ink being black and decisive but with this colour my lines had minimal impact – it was so contrary to what I am used to. As much as I love working with watercolour pencil there is something special about the crisp clean lines of ink and the flow of the fluid ink on the paper.
Time for a second test – A Baroque facade! The colour wasn’t right – way too yellow but it was fun to work with. Here is a scan of the first pass with my mixed yellow ink.
I then added paint and a few De Atramentis Document Brown and Document Green over the top. The ink rapidly disperses if you put it over damp paint so you can get some interesting effects and I started playing with that property. I had put the green in a water brush (thanks Mandy for that idea!) so it was quite thick and wet on the page. While wet I had the chance to play with it, but other parts dried quckly and were permanent. I think there are a lot of fun ideas to be explored from this.
And finally, just a text page. I added a little more brown to my mixed yellow and it is close now to the colour I was after. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE the variation in the colour when using ink!