Painting with ink – Part 2

I’ve already written a post about using ink in watercolour painting, or instead of watercolours here. Since then I have bought a few new beautiful bottles and want to show them as well. (Click on images to enlarge them).

J.Herbin Vert Empire (green):

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I almost never use green in my works, but I had to have one in case I need it or to mix it with another colour.

Here is how it looks on the paper:

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J.Herbin Bouton D’or (yellow):

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I haven’t used this one too much, I don’t even know why, considering recently I conquered my fear of yellow colour and enjoy it 🙂 But here it is together with J. Herbin Vert Empire:

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J. Herbin Rouille D’Ancre:

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I have diffculty describing this colour. It’s kind of pink. “Skin-like” pink. This is a very calm colour. I like using it, combining with other colours, like CARAN d’ACHE Sunset or CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon.

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And finally, the most exciting one – CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon:

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What can be so exciting about brown ink? Well, I noticed that it separates into different colours, either contacting with water or other ink. I think, it’s due to water. Using this ink, one may get some unexpected results, but they make me very happy. To demonstrate what I mean:

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At the painting above I used only two colours: CARAN d’ACHE Sunset and CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon. If you look attentively, you will see blue, violet, yellow, green etc. I didn’t plan for them to appear in the painting, and especially I didn’t plan them to appear exactly in the places they’ve emerged, but they are so beautiful and definitely add something to this portrait! Most often “side-effect” is green colour as on the paintings below. In these works I used ink of different colours and watercolour paints.

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Below you may also see yellow spots from J.Herbin Bouton D’or:

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In the paintings below I used CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon, J. Herbin Rouille D’Ancre and J.Herbin Orange Indien:

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And a few more examples. CARAN d’ACHE Sunset and CARAN d’ACHE Grand Canyon must have become my favourite couple – I like using them together. when applied intensely, they give a very interesting velvety feeling.

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Ink and salt

In the painting above I used salt. You may read more about using salt in watercolour painting here.

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If you have any good ink on your mind that you could recommend, please, don’t hesitate to do so 🙂

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