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shari1948
03-18-2014, 01:29 AM
This is called Garden Bench.

It is acrylic ink used like watercolor which I am attempting to figure out. Dries very quickly...so it is a challenge.

Watercolor paper
finished out at 8 x 10 and matted

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2014/1416812-Garden_Bench_acrylic_ink.jpg

I know I will get better with practice.

CC always welcomed

Shari

cinderblockstudios
03-18-2014, 07:26 AM
that's an interesting use of the ink. I've always found it's better used as a drawing media though.

Dcam
03-18-2014, 10:18 AM
Shari: that is a pretty picture. Have you tried adding a little slo-dry medium to the inks?

Derek

shari1948
03-18-2014, 12:05 PM
Thanks Derek. I just bought some slo-dry medium to help the process, but haven't used it yet.

shari1948
03-18-2014, 12:10 PM
Cinderblockstuidos, I am just trying some of the things I do in acrylics.

Maybe you can answer a question for me on the drawing part. Do you use a pen and if so which set of tips do you find work better?

I am always up for suggestions because this learning process of Art is such a new field of expression for me...:D

susme48
03-18-2014, 01:26 PM
Pretty!

Charlie's Mum
03-18-2014, 03:12 PM
It's a very pretty picture Shari but there are ways of making better use of the ink if you want a watercolour technique - and you don't need slow-drying medium!

For this work - draw (pencil, lightly) the bench in first and either work around it or use masking fluid.

Wet the paper first - work wet in wet or wet in damp ........ the wetter the paper the more the ink spreads (one of the lovely aspects of the medium).
Think where you want colours to be - for instance, the flowers and the green background - drop in colour ... lightly touch the brush point to the paper where you want the colours and watch what happens:) ...... add more colour where needed OR let it dry then go through the process again, deepening colours where necessary.
When you've got to the stage you want detail, paint the shapes (peel the masking off for the bench), when you've got the contrasts and details you need thus far, then move to the pens - I use a dip-pen - and add more details with the colours or with a dark colour throughout - her maybe black or dark brown.
When trying this method, give yourself room - both on paper and to work.
Use a size about 30cms x 40cms - (12x16") - plenty of scope there!:D

Here's a demo (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=583859) I did of a coleus painting, using this method (plus cling film-plastic wrap).

shari1948
03-18-2014, 06:41 PM
Thanks Maureen for the wonderful advice. I will pull some different paper (bigger is better) and start on something new.

I will watch the Demo first and I so appreciate the information...I also have your class saved...

Shari

shari1948
03-18-2014, 06:42 PM
Thank you Susan :wave:

Charlie's Mum
03-19-2014, 07:26 AM
Shari - shout, or PM, if I can help more :)

cem
03-19-2014, 10:40 AM
I like the composition and the colors used. Take Maureen's advice. She is a wonderful teacher.

doctoring in arts
03-19-2014, 03:49 PM
looks beautiful.. and a good attempt

shari1948
03-20-2014, 01:54 AM
Maureen, I did take your advice and followed that Demo. I used it as a background and added a black moth...it came out wonderful. I will take a picture when I get some batteries for the silly thing.

I am going to try the bench and flowers again using your suggestions....thank you so much and I will PM you if I run into problems...ty ty ty

shari1948
03-20-2014, 01:58 AM
Thank you Subi and Cindy. I am have just to much fun with these inks...hehehe

Charlie's Mum
03-20-2014, 12:25 PM
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: :D

jocko500
03-21-2014, 11:53 PM
I bought some ink also but just used to draw in my painting and the colors also. I then painted over the ink. I was surprised that the ink bleed thought the paint as I let it dry over night. it stop after the first coat of paint

shari1948
03-28-2014, 11:43 AM
Jocko, so far that hasn't happened to me. I will be on the lookout because I use the inks a lot...

Shari

Charlie's Mum
03-28-2014, 11:48 AM
Jocko, are you sure it's a acrylic ink you used! If so, once dry it should be permanent.

ArtMarkie
03-29-2014, 02:54 PM
I use acrylic ink on canvas along with acrylic paint. My latest painting will be in a club show in April/May. I like it on canvas.

cinderblockstudios
04-03-2014, 05:53 PM
Cinderblockstuidos, I am just trying some of the things I do in acrylics.

Maybe you can answer a question for me on the drawing part. Do you use a pen and if so which set of tips do you find work better?

I am always up for suggestions because this learning process of Art is such a new field of expression for me...:D

In using my inks I have a small wooden stick (like a big toothpick) that I use to add little bits of color. For larger areas and detailed lines I grab my liner brush or a feather pen.

shari1948
04-04-2014, 02:31 AM
Thanks and I have tried the stick....it works pretty good. I also use a couple different sizes of liner brushes..

Shari