Tuesday, January 13, 2009

watercolors, inks and hedgehogs



a few more tips on the inking technique - watercolors work beautifully with inks, provided you're working with watercolor paper (thanks, krissy and jen for reminding me). if you like to do lettering, use hot press illustration paper instead of cold press.

one way to combine watercolors with inks: layer the inks on the paper first and then do watercolor washes on top of it. the dye inks run and mix - a very cool effect. or do the reverse with the watercolor wash first and then layer the inks on top. you can also use ironing starch, which diffuses the dye inks and gives the paper a spattered look, and then iron it out which gives it a groovy smooth finish. or draw directly on the papers with ink bottles for bright splotches of color. or, as ricë suggested, use a brush with the inkpad for more control over the color application. and, and, or, or... there are so many ways you can play with this.

today i'm finishing the framing and hanging of my pieces for the blue plate dinners exhibit which officially opens a week from friday. robin's are GORGEOUS and i can't wait to take pictures of them.

this piece might look familiar - it's a revised version of the pages i did for the do not leave unattended traveling journal project back in september. i wanted to get everything on one page for the blue plate show to express the the fondness i feel for this little city, the last place on earth i ever thought i would live, and one of the places i've wound up loving the most. yesterday bella from japan picked up on a quirky lawrence story that went international this month; there's a little eleven year old boy here who wanted a hedgehog. he found that they weren't legal as pets in the city, so he embarked on a massive research project, put together a compelling case and presented it to city hall. they were convinced - and changed the law. he's become a hedgehog hero. no hedgehogs for us, thanks, but it is reassuring indeed to live in a place that welcomes diverse voices and is open to change.

28 comments:

Ricë said...

reassuring, indeed--thanks for the great story!

please sir said...

Awww what a great piece - love reading over it!

joanne said...

thanks for the added tips!

and i just loved reading over this piece...it provides a lot of perspective and a great deal to learn from...what a wonderful example to set for the rest of the state...and the country as a whole.

Kelly said...

sounds like a wonderful place to live!

Christy said...

This remains one of my very favorite pieces of yours. It articulates my reasons for loving Lawrence, too!

~Barb~ said...

I've never even though about Kansas but you've got me WANTING to go to Lawrenceville. You are a fabulous representative of your great town.

Maybe one day I'll be more adept at using inks...right now everything I do with them looks icky! lol

Peace & Love,
~Barb~

soulbrush said...

your mind is a complete whirl of ideas and activities, i love it.

cindy : quaint said...

i loved reading your ode to lawrence and about the hedgehog hero. sounds like you can fight city hall if you make a good case!

Dawn said...

This may be a dumb question, but why hot press vs. cold press for lettering? Thanks!

Dawn said...

Is it the texture?

aimee said...

not a dumb question at all! the hot press is made differently - the ink doesn't absorb into the hot press paper; it just seems to sit on the paper until it dries. so the lines don't bleed. i use hot press paper only when i work with rapidographs (refillable technical pens) which give much more precision with lettering than microns or staedtler pigment liners.

check roz's blog for more info on how to choose hot press papers - she did a few posts on this a month or two ago. her technical expertise and experience are way beyond mine so if you're interested in the specifics, i recommend paying her a visit!

http://rozwoundup.typepad.com

Dawn said...

Thanks, Aimee! I've been wanting to get some Rapidographs...I will look at Roz's blog!

Bella Sinclair said...

Lawence -- haven for free thinkers, movers & shakers, and bold artists like you. Gosh, I so want to go and soak up all that energy. And keep you eye on that young hedgie lad. He's going places.

Oooh, such a great revised piece. I think it will be a great hit at the show!

e.beck.artist said...

i'd take a hedgehog if someone gave me one ... cute critters they are

Cestandrea said...

Its like sunbathed poetry:) And thanks for sharing all your ink and watercolour tips, I'm sure your exhibition will be great!
love
andrea

Esti said...

Sounds like you live in a very nice place.
I look forward to see some of your framed pieces! :)

●• Tiny Red said...

it sounds really nice, who knows one day i get fed up with big cities and settle down in some idillic town in the south of england or even in spain...

Laura Kay said...

I always love your blog. I like the way you do your lettering. Thanks for sharing how you do your backgrounds. Now how about how you do your lettering?

Pam said...

Hi Aimee, I really enjoy your work. I have sent you an email about being featured in PresentMagazine.com. If you haven't received it, would you please email me at present@presentmagazine.com? Best, Pam

Anairam said...

I so enjoyed your fantastic tutorial below - I am inspired to try some new pages ...

Kelly C. said...

awww. i love it when you write about Larry-town! this piece will always be one of my favorites!

Nina Crittenden said...

This is great, Aimee! Would you consider selling me a print? My friend, Amanda, lives in Lawrence and it might make for a nice surprise for her. Thanks!

Ces said...

La la land sounds like a great place and the word art is gorgeous as always.

T.L. Holmes said...

YOU inspire ME!! I am nearly giddy at what a treasure I've found in reading through your blog/seeing your artsy-ness.
Tara :)

Megan Coyle said...

another wonderfully colorful piece--your handwriting is so beautiful, it makes me wish mine could shape up a bit :)

Milkberry said...

wow you are really amazing!!

aimee said...

hiya all... thanks!! i'll have prints of the lawrence piece available for $15 at the BPD reception on january 23, or just e-mail me (it's not in my etsy shop).

and welcome pam and tara... thanks for stopping by the ville! :)

Lynn Fisher said...

Have a wonderful time! Love the hedgehog story...and the rose.
-Lynn