Another teacup sketch late last night and once again playing with different coloured inks (among other things). It is strange how I sometimes feel guilty drawing teacups over and over again but often I just don’t have much time or brain space for something else. And the act of sketching my cuppa is a good way to wind down at the end of a busy day when I haven’t managed to sketch for myself.
I must say that I am really loving using different coloured inks in the one sketch like I did here – mixed raw sienna, mixed grey, cyan, and green. I was also testing the time I had for the DeA ink to dry and how much the ink dispersed when drawing into wet paint.
I am finding it curious that when I use raw sienna ink for my outlines it doesn’t feel as convincing as when I use a similar coloured brown sienna watercolour pencil. With the ink, I needed to add some darks.
Writing with magenta ink is certainly a little out of character! I don’t have a lot to do with pink as I wore it as my school uniform for 6 years in high school and never quite fully recovered. Here is some experimentation with pink flowers using the magenta ink (and the raw sienna again!) – decoration for my Sunday note page.
I love working with the coloured textured water-soluble line of watercolour pencil but the transparency of these ink lines and the glow particularly of the mixed raw sienna is something new and very special! Here is a crop from my other sketch from last weeks visit to Cockatoo Island, using the cyan and raw sienna.
I feel very privileged to have been sent a set of these colours as I know that it is very hard to find stock of De Atramentis Inks at the moment (please don’t ask me where to buy it as I not sure myself!) I am having fun trying different ways of mixing ink in a measured way either with eyedropper (these are bottles made by Derivan) or just syringing into a half-filled converter/ cartridge and shaking it up. As you can see my brown ink is going down very fast! I might have to start rationing…but oh! I love that raw sienna mixed ink!