And so, back to the beginning. Dip pen and ink. Oh the things you forget, like having too much ink on your nip, or having too little, the bleed proof papers versus the papers that just soak it up like water and leave holes across the page. The mishaps that have to become part of the piece, such as a great big ink sploch right in the middle of the work you've spent hours to do. Yes, this is a medium that takes much more time and patience than pencil, or even your basic felt pen or sharpies.
Pen and Ink Technique exercises
I think really it's been about five years since I last used this medium. That is a long time. It's a very enjoyable medium, but not very mobile, which I've relied on with my other felt pens and such. BUT what it is teaching me, is patience, and there's much to be said about that. Varied mark making becomes monotonous, let's face it, so yesterday I went off to the local art shop, bought a variety of pen nibs (I had one... and one just isn't enough) and I also invested in proper Bristol board/paper. I decided to go for a smooth surface board, but perhaps next time, I'll have a go with the textured version. First things first: Better ink... I'll continue to use the 'bog standard' ink for my exercises (above) but for the brush work and completed works, I've purchased a Parker Quink permanent water-resistant ink - it's think and doesn't streak.
I rely very heavily on line work (you can see this in my pencil work), so for the ink experimenting during April, there will be more detail, less outline, and more textural variation. That's the plan.
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