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):


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:


J.Herbin Bouton D’or (yellow):


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:


J. Herbin Rouille D’Ancre:


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.


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


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:


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.


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:




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.


Ink and salt

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



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