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.