View Full Version : Striped Ribbon in Red - getting better at blotched ink

07-24-2014, 10:42 AM
I'm finally beginning to understand how to create and use a blotched ink background on a white board. On this 11x14 white clayboard I used four colors of india ink in about six layers. The etching part was done with needle, knife, fiberglass brush, and parallel line tool.
My challenge now is to create color formulas. I want to create several boards in this manner where the background comes out the same color so I can do series.


07-24-2014, 12:34 PM
Oh wow, this is stunning! I really like your color scheme in this.

07-24-2014, 02:34 PM
Beautiful! Love the rich color on this.

07-24-2014, 04:35 PM
I agree with Ann... this looks so rich!

07-24-2014, 09:43 PM

07-25-2014, 02:18 AM
I have to say, Cynthia, you should come up with a better description than "blotched ink", that doesn't do this technique justice!

I'm no help though, 'cause nothing appropriately descriptive is coming to mind.

Diane Cutter
07-25-2014, 06:51 AM
I think your flowers and ribbons look so much richer on this background, a warmer more organic look than the usual black.


07-25-2014, 08:18 AM
:) I have to agree with Ann. Every time I see 'blotched' my mind says 'botched'. These are most definitely not 'botched' jobs!! They are beautiful!
I love the backgrounds you are doing. They really enhance your designs.

Harry Seymour
07-26-2014, 06:52 AM

07-27-2014, 12:48 PM
Thank you for the input. Even though that is how the process is done, now that you mention it, "blotched" does sound kinda bad. I will have to think of a better descriptive name. Hmmmm. I'm open to suggestions.

Diane Cutter
07-27-2014, 01:22 PM
How about 'mottled'?

07-27-2014, 01:37 PM
So I looked in a thesaurus for different descriptors instead of "Blotched"ink background and here are some I found. What do you like?

Mottled (spotted or blotched in coloring)
dappled (spotted or mottled color from background)
marbled (of variegated or mottled color)
maculate (spotted, stained)
motley (exhibiting great diversity of elements; different colors combined)
brindled (tawny with darker streaks or spots)


07-27-2014, 01:42 PM
How about "sumptuous"? There is so much depth and richness to what you have achieved. And I've been a fan of your work on black, as well. This is beautiful.

Diane Cutter
07-27-2014, 01:53 PM
I'm thinking that marbled sounds better than mottled...

07-27-2014, 03:17 PM
I vote for "marbled" too. It sounds rich and Renaissance-ish and your works have this quality.

07-27-2014, 07:01 PM
If were voting, marbled wins for me too :) beautifully marbled designs.

07-28-2014, 08:26 AM
Thank you everyone. From now on I will call this technique a marbled ink background. Much better.

fire angel
07-28-2014, 10:54 AM

07-28-2014, 02:37 PM
Wow Emerlye...your beautiful illustrations just went to a whole new plane of existence! There is a stunning amount of light and depth and warmth to this piece all just because of the background.

07-28-2014, 08:59 PM
Very pretty Emerlye.

07-29-2014, 06:45 PM
Beautiful work. Love the background colour

07-30-2014, 10:08 AM