Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ink and Watercolour

Here are three samples of work I did this week combining ink and watercolour, during my class at Emily Carr. Each one of these is using a different technique, and all using the same brown ink, which to me is magic when you add water, as the colours blend, bleed, and separate in the most fascinating ways. The unpredictability of this media makes it very exciting to work with in that the results never come out the same twice. Here is a still life, which I'd like to explore further. Unfortunately I was looking at artificial flowers, so this would be a good exercise with actual plants.

This here is using the technique our teacher, Stan Hunc, called "happy accidents" where we purposely soaked the paper in water, then added splatters of watercolour and ink. The following day we adding ink drawing to it. Many class members opted for abstract design, but I decided to go for something a bit more representational. Looking at it again. I see other possible directions I could have taken this, but I'm still pleased with the result.

Here I am just goofing off with my new best friend, the magic brown ink, and a little bit of green watercolour paint. I think I've discovered my new favourite method for representing trees!

I think I've definitely discovered a new media for my art that's intriguing, and one I'd like to explore further, hopefully with the coming Art Drift show as an excuse.

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