Another tea cup 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.
Here is a watercolour pencil sketch from 2013 to compare. I am talking about my feeling at the time and something I can’t quite put my finger on yet, but I am not necessarily comparing the results.
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.
Here is the final piece again.
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 eye dropper (these are bottles made by Derivan) or just syringing into a half filled convertor/ 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!