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Ink [ part one ]

After 50 weeks of posting about color, I continue to be curious about color in the arts and will continue to explore for another year here. This week it’s ink part one! The curiosity about ink color started when I was setting up some tools for trying modern calligraphy and asked myself ‘how is ink color different from watercolor ‘. More on that another week because this week I learned a new way to use ballpoint pen ink!

It was an unexpected benefit of a class with Molly Hashimoto. She is an accomplished visual artist and author. Our class today was a focus on quick techniques to use in nature journals, mainly to capture landscape and natural subjects. She started out by having us draw with water soluble ink, like this ball point pen…

Water soluble ink pen!

The focus of the class :

  • How to work quickly
  • Use ‘thumbnail’ / small sketches
  • Capture scenes that enhance memory & experience of place

In the past few years I have probably thrown away a dozen water soluble pens because they ‘bleed’ and make a mess of a drawing…and they always seem to end up in my pen box where I am expecting permanent ink. Molly changed all that for me. She showed us how to create a quick thumbnail sketch with the water soluble ink pen and then apply water to complete the visual memory sketch. Pen ink varies in solubility and typically colors are black, blue – of course speciality pens offer many colors. The technique is fun and has a watercolor essence.

Focus on trees using 3 different techniques

I asked Molly about using a watercolor pencil to achieve the same look, she discouraged due to the lack of a crisp line with a pencil. It might work but definition would be lost. So if you ever go on a walk and want to try a little sketch along the way, simply take a ballpoint pen, paper and a water brush. It truly does enhance the memory of a place visited.

Next post, Ink [ part two ] will explore the ancient practices of ink and how ink color was discovered and used around the world.


Mixed Media Days

To explore color in a different way I joined a mixed media class by Lucie Duclos. Lucie teaches virtual classes thru Winslow Art Center. She is an artist with a strong sense of design and she reuses or finds a use for every item you have collected or placed in your craft room ‘to use someday’. My class was 28 Days of Postcards: A Mixed Media Adventure. We made 28 postcards using prompts from Lucie, she also demonstrated the techniques each week. Class wrapped up this week with envelope making tutelage. Lucie has an ongoing monthly subscription class Paper Pals for those who need a monthly paper collage fix and the forum provides a world wide community for sharing paper craft. Lucie is a pro, a fun instructor and I learned something from her each session. I tried to keep my palette of mixed media to gray, black, white & gold tones just so I would have a ‘color’ perspective for this posting – Color Week 44.

My 28 days of postcards

Tearing. Stitching. Weaving. Rolling. Stamping. Drawing. Sewing. Layering

Lucie Duclos
Some details of my cards. We posted 1 card a day to the class forum. It was motivating to see all the interpertations of the daily prompts.

Curious note: Mixed media is a term used to describe artworks composed from a combination of different media or materials. The use of mixed media began around 1912 with the cubist collages and constructions by artists such as Picasso and Braque. Mixed media became widespread as artists developed increasingly open attitudes to the media of art. Essentially art can be made of anything or any combination of things.

This was the last prompt of the class, ‘anything goes’! I made a homage to Lucie Duclos using a plastic bottle direct from the recycling bin, covered with her list of prompts and felt confetti (from my felt box)

In January 2021 I started ‘Color Week’, a personal goal to weekly explore a color history or curiosity.