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linley.plester

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on: December 10, 2017, 02:49:33 AM
 I read about this technique in a book on Contemporary Watercolour Artists. You paint your picture in Acrylic or Gouache and then wash over it with India Ink. Once the ink is dry, you then put the whole painting under the tap to wash off the excess ink.
You then repaint the image at least in part. The ink wash gives the picture depth and a wonderful deep black background. I can't show you most of my more successful little paintings because the website is refusing to upload them today, but here are two of them.
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Reply #1 on: December 10, 2017, 02:54:37 AM
These look really nice, Linley.  I am going to try this after Christmas.  Too many "to-do" projects to get to it any earlier.

Thanks for sharing.

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Reply #2 on: December 11, 2017, 12:26:14 AM
Interesting Linley, thanks for sharing.   Patricia
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Reply #3 on: December 11, 2017, 12:43:52 AM
I thought you might be interested Mea. When you try it, remember to paint the gouache really thickly, and remember you have to re-apply paint afterwards. I thought my first efforts were failures because the image all but disappeared after the ink wash, but decided to persist. After I had researched a little more I realized that having to repaint the image was standard procedure,lol. Hope you will try it too, Patricia.I ALSO FORGOT TO MENTION that once the ink is dry, you then put the whole painting under the tap to wash off the excess ink.


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Reply #4 on: December 11, 2017, 05:51:26 AM
OK, Linley. I'll read this thread three more times before I attempt to do it to be sure I have it right.  Am really excited about trying it.

aloha

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Reply #5 on: December 11, 2017, 07:19:54 AM
Yes, sorry everyone about the omission in the first set of instructions. I've now modified it so that washing off the excess ink is included. It's a fairly vital piece of information. :2funny:


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Reply #6 on: December 13, 2017, 10:30:56 PM
So many medias, techniques and styles to try, will I live long enough?


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Reply #7 on: December 13, 2017, 11:40:31 PM
I love the brilliance and intensity you get with this technique. Beautiful job Linley.  :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #8 on: December 16, 2017, 05:06:33 AM
Linley,
I have time tonight and want to give this a try.  It looks like you did these painting on black paper or is that the India ink that is giving the black background??

If not, what paper did you use?

aloha
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Reply #9 on: December 16, 2017, 10:29:20 AM
In the main Mea I used white watercolour paper... various scraps of different weights. The India ink is responsible for the deep blacks.


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Reply #10 on: December 16, 2017, 03:57:34 PM
Linley did you get this technique from that new book you bought? Just curious. I want to give this a go too. Love what you did!
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Reply #11 on: December 16, 2017, 06:32:08 PM
Thanks, Linley.  I  did this on Strathmore black artist tile paper before I read your reply this morning.  I used Iridescent Paint instead of gouache.

I love how it came out, but I don't really think I did it the way I was supposed to. 

I will try again on white watercolor paper and use gouache and see the difference.

aloha

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Reply #12 on: December 16, 2017, 09:56:54 PM
The iridescent paint over black paper is spectacular. But why did you use India ink over black paper? Did you notice a difference in the depth of the black and the  the depth of the painting? I didn't think to use iridescent paint in combination with ink wash, lol. If I had I probably would have added the iridescent paint after the ink wash to touch up the gouache.


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Reply #13 on: December 16, 2017, 10:17:09 PM
Linley,

The black was so intense on your samples that I thought you had used black paper.

The irridescent underpainting had been done a few months ago, so I just put the ink over the whole paper.  I honestly don't know how much difference it made because, as you said, it washed off.

I will try again on a white paper to see how black the paper gets from the ink.

The best part is the yellow pistil (hope that's what it's called).

aloha

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Reply #14 on: December 17, 2017, 01:59:04 AM
Mea, it's amazing how much black ink washes off white paper, and yet the remaining background ink remains so dark. One YouTuber suggested actually rubbing the surface of the paper gently with a gloved finger. All I achieved was to rub off more gouache. :2funny: