Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
April 25 – Week 17
Art Challenge: Inks
Journal Prompt: Before the ink is dry
This week we play with inks! I chose to use spray inks for my challenge, in particular Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions inks by Ranger. I love that they are water based so they continually blend and change when reconstituted. The pigment is vibrant and rich! I started by spraying my pages with a few colors I love. Then I stood my book up and spritzed water all over the inks so I had nice blending and dripping. While the ink was still wet, I used my finger to blend some white gesso into the ink to tone the pigment down a bit. There are so many videos of Dyan using these inks in a million ways on the Ranger website and on her blog and YouTube – be sure to check them out!
I let my journal dry overnight because it was so wet from the inks and water. You could also use a heat gun to speed up drying time. I love using dip pens and ink for drawing and writing. For this page I used a sketching-sized nib – #102 Crow Quill and Higgins Magic Black Waterproof Ink.
I created a few sketches on my page and didn’t worry about being precise – I just wanted a fun, loose drawing.
I learned a neat trick from the great Dyan Reaveley herself . . . use a Tim Holtz Water Brush and fill it with her Dylusion inks. This way, you not only have a spray to use, but also a type of watercolor application. Cool, right?
I used the waterbrushes to paint my quill pen and ink jar. I love how one color will change as you paint it over another. The inks underneath change and you get unexpected, beautiful results! I threw in a few white contrast marks with a fat Pitt Pen by Faber-Castell.
I used a poignant quote that I just love, “To say she is only a woman is to say a violin is a piece of wood with strings and Dante is mere ink printed on paper” – Bruce Crown. Powerful stuff. So here is my finished pages – I can’t wait to see how you all interpret the prompt this week – And guess what, we have none other than the Fabulous Dyan Reaveley as our Featured Artist this week – be sure to stop by her blog and give her some love! Happy Documenting!
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