"Stubble " Ink technique stage 2

"Stubble " Ink technique  stage 2

Interesting!!! Must have a go!!!

All these different techniques appearing all over POL. Not totally sure what's happening, all I know is I'm looking at an excellent drawing.

Lewis , I was trying to show the sequence of producing a painting using the ink technique. The first stage is the drawing and painting any spaces I need keeping light with gum arabic. (not shown here) The painting is then coated with indian ink (brushed on) allowed to dry before washing under a tap. The theory is that the ink will lift where the paper was "protected" with the gum. I have extended the idea to use differing strengths of ink in order to obtain tonal variation. I also varied this particular base by actually drawing direct with 100% ink for the foreground because of the detail involved. I believe the original concept for this technique was using gouache instead of the gum . I reasoned out the use of the gum and found I had better control , similarly I haven't seen any reference to the use of dilutions of ink In effect , one produces something looking like a print effect which is then "coloured".

Thanks Mike, for the explanation of the technique...it produces great results.

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stage 1 was the actual drawing and application of the gum arabic. Stage 2 has seen the application of ink - at differing dilutions. The foreground was actually drawn with full strength , the middle portion very dilute , the back with 25 % dilution. The gum resist can be seen "cracking" in places

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Mike Capenerhurst

Born & lived in Leicester for 30 years before coming to NZ in 1965 with wife and family. Dropped art at school for more "useful" subjects. Interest resurrected upon arriving out here. Started with oils, moved to water colour some 20 years ago.. Have played with etching and like it. Primarily self…

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