On my way home from JournalFest, I flew over the mountains North and East of Phoenix. For a moment, I thought I could see large petroglyph, or sand carving.
It was neither. It was the beginning of a road, scraped into the earth, against a mountain. I looked at the wrinkles and color, as if ink had been applied on a paper bag, then scrunched up. Inks. . .so interesting. They can work like watercolors or dyes. They are so much more than just fluid to write with.
This weekend, I spent some time working with inks in the studio. Found some interesting techniques with ink. Here’s a wash done with ink:
Once the wash is dry, you can continue to work on it. Below, I sprayed the wash and dropped ink on it, for a double-layer effect:
It would make a good background for a journal page. Here’s one I did in a different color, then wrote on it with Pitt pens and watercolor pencils.
My favorite discovery was that some inks won’t bleed when re-wet, and you can add several different colors in layers:
Inks are also effective on black paper. Of course, irridescents work best for black paper.
Taken one step further, you can use the inks to create figurative work. Here’s the first step:
And here is the same image re-imagined into a stormy wind cloud behind a tree scene, sort of Grimm-fairy tale-ish, where someone just vanished.
It’s a wonderful medium, with both deep and pale color, and the opportunity to use washes as well as splashes of ink. There will certainly be more.