WASH & INK
Wash and ink Q&A
Is wash and ink mixed media? Yes…and no. Much of the traditional definition of mixed media is around collage, sometimes including paint, cloth, paper, wood and found objects. But in its most basic definition, using a wash of color and adding lines in pen IS the combination of more than one medium. So yes.
What mediums work with wash and ink? Watercolor or colored ink is most typical, but alcohol markers, water-based markers, pencil, and pretty much anything that can accept ink pen lines on top of it can be used. Experiment!
Are lines placed on top of or color or underneath? Either! My preference is adding line work on top, because then the color shapes below can be adjusted with lines.
Is a fountain pen required? No. A fountain pen IS a wonderful drawing tool, but any black pen that works atop the color medium beneath it is great.
All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?
Get started with wash and ink
Worried that you don’t have drawing experience? Set that aside.
Beautiful art can be made with simple patterns, doodling, and loose sketching in courses below.
When applying the color first, the pen can be the “repair” of the color below, and not having blank white paper staring back at you can make pen and ink much less intimidating!
If you’re interested in trying out a fountain pen, my workhorse, still after all these years, is an Eco pen by TWSBI. It comes in an Extra-fine, Fine, and Medium nib; the Fine nib is a good starter pen, and pair it with waterproof Platinum Carbon Black ink.
Pen and ink may be less forgiving than pencil when sketching, but a pencil guideline can make that process easier.
Wash and Ink: with traditional watercolor
Market Street Sketches
Go for a walk on Market Street and create detailed buildings – learn to draw bricks, windows, dormers and doors, then watercolor them in a realistic way. All from provided templates that you can customize!
Mini Course: Wash & Ink
In this mini class you’ll learn to splash some watercolor onto a page and add ink to turn it into a work of art!
Wash and Ink: Markers and more
Mini Aqua Marker Class: Travel Sketches
Using water-based markers and an ink pen, create a sketchbook full of national park drawings.
Learn to draw by doodling – whether simple shapes to draw, or patterns that can be relaxing to create.
Stay tuned for more wash and ink courses
Given that I love adding line work on top of color, know there are going to be more courses in the future. Be sure to subscribe to our monthly-ish newsletter so you’re the first to hear when there’s an exciting new course to sign up for!