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Pen and wash practice

I have been having a go at a tutorial in Paint magazine by Sue Williams of a pen and wash scene.  The camera hasn’t picked up the colour all that well, but having said that I could have added a bit more colour in the grassy areas.  I am not sure whether I should keep going with it and add more colour to the foreground or just leave it be?  I think I will leave it for now and I can always go back to it if I want to later.

Teasel watercolour

My goodness how did it get to 2018 so quickly!  My mojo went for a wander so I just had a wee break from anything arty/crafty for a while but I am back now to have another go.  So I am starting the year off by doing small sketches or other in my sketch books or art journals rather than trying to paint ‘proper’ pictures so that I don’t mind too much if I muck up.  I did this the other day having watched Alison C Board’s video on you tube painting teasel on wood.  My version is not on wood and doesn’t use the same colours but it gave me inspiration to have a go.  Watercolour and Brusho but with a bit of Stabilo pen to darken a few lines.

Alcohol ink doodles on yupo

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I have been getting exasperated with my yupo paper and alcohol inks last week.  Sometimes the ink would drop into circular blobs and spread really well but other times I would just get a blob that didn’t spread at all.  I see I will have to experiment a bit more.  Sometimes I would get a blob that spread in the centre of the paper but if I used the same ink towards the edge then it wouldn’t spread.  I was very careful not to touch the edges with my fingers as I know that can prevent the ink spreading.  I tried using the reverse side of the yupo but that wasn’t great.  This photo isn’t great – the birthday card is much brighter in real life.  It was good fun though.