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Old 05-13-2011, 08:06 PM
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Pen and wash suites you well John, some great stuff here!

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Congrats on the new bird. He's a delightful little fellow. The scavenger hunt sketches are great.
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you should definitely do more with this pen and wash technique
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Thanks Jamie, David, Debby and Vivien!

I'll definitely continue to do pen and wash - I'm enjoying it.

Here is a quick one I did today. I needed to stop by the UW bookstore to pick up some ink and got there early. So, I sketched the building next to the bookstore while in the car, and added a bit of watercolor after I got home.

This is in a Hand Book Watercolor Journal - 10 1/2 x 8 inches.

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Here is a sketch from today, done in a plein air group/class at a private garden (which was very nice). This is in a 7x9 inch Arches watercolor sketchbook. The initial drawing was done in pen with J. Herbin Gris Nuage, and later pen work used Herbin Poussiere de Lune and Caran d'Ache Grand Canyon. Watercolor washes were using a Sennelier travel kit.

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Great drawings/paintings. You definitely are doing super with this pen and wash.
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Oops. Double post. Sorry.
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Thanks, Debby!

Here is today's pen and wash - one of the images from the May pen and ink challenge. Inks used for the stump and bird were Diamine Majestic Blue, Pilot Kon-Peki, J. Herbin Gris Nuage - and then washed. The background is watercolor. It's 7 x 10 inches on Arches hot press watercolor paper.

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John, that's an interesting effect, with the strongly colored inks against a neutral background. Wonderful job on the bird.

I really like the character of the tree in the garden sketch. You did well getting the twists and turns of the branches and the holes in the trunks.

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Hi John, very dramatic effect on the bird. . . lovely work. But the landscape scene is my favorite. . beautiful use of color! Love that one.
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Thanks Jamie and Rainy.

Well, there's a reason the background in the bird image is so basic. I did the stump and bird first, and I wasn't happy with how the stump came out, so I just kinda threw the background in and called it good.

I'm still getting used to how intense ink is when washed. And you guys as fellow penandinkaholics will appreciate this. I was using the samples from Goulet, and had dipped a large nib dip pen into the blue and didn't want to waste any. So I kept going, and going, and going, just like the Energizer bunny. Then one touch with the brush, and voila! - we have the bluest tree in the universe. I probably should have done the whole thing again before posting it. The other thing is that this was literally the first time I had ever tried anything on Arches hot press paper - I've always used cold press. It definitely behaves very differently with the watercolor.

So anyway, I will try this image again I think, because I like the stump and kingfisher - very typical pose and environment for that species.
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John, I think it came out really cool. . .so glad you did share. Is the hot press that you are using in a sketchbook? I would be interested in a sketchbook that uses hot press watercolor paper is why I ask. Thanks.
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No, it's an Arches block. I don't think I've ever seen their hot press paper in a sketchbook - which is interesting now that I think about it. Unless it's a lot less popular than cold press, you would think they would make it available.
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I'm still getting used to how intense ink is when washed. And you guys as fellow penandinkaholics will appreciate this. I was using the samples from Goulet, and had dipped a large nib dip pen into the blue and didn't want to waste any. So I kept going, and going, and going, just like the Energizer bunny. Then one touch with the brush, and voila! - we have the bluest tree in the universe.

LOL! Yes, I can definitely appreciate that!

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I probably should have done the whole thing again before posting it.

No, I don't think that at all. I see our sketchbooks as the perfect places for this kind of experimentation. I think in many ways it's where we learn the most, and we learn from each other too, so keep 'em coming!

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I agree - and anyway you could glaze another colour over the tree if you wanted to alter it - ink glazes beautifully. Then show us the 'after'

You can thin colours down with water to get less vivid colour where you want?
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