Monday, November 12, 2007

50 Figures, #8

This was a fun figure to work on. I had just attended a watercolor demonstration by Pittsburgh artist Carolyn Brahney who showed us how to paint with ink and toothpicks. Nothing like a new technique to get those creative juices stirred up!

Here's what you do: Start by soaking your watercolor paper. While it's still damp, take a toothpick and dip into waterproof ink. Start drawing with the toothpick. The ink will explode into the wetter areas and hold the line on the drier parts of the paper. Tip and tilt your paper to direct the flow of ink. After the ink has dried, you can paint over it by adding washes of watercolor.

Try it! Experiment with different weights, surfaces and colors of paper. Try varying the amount of wetness and different colors of ink. I'd love to see what others come up with. If you decide to comment with your own work, please include your blog link to the painting so others can see your work.


Jana Bouc said...

This is just wonderful! So vibrant and expressive. I'm definitely going to try this technique. Thanks for describing it.

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Hi Jana,
Thanks for the comment. Send me a link if you decide to try the technique. I love to see how other artists adapt ideas to their own style.