Flowers 1.Y

Flower paintingWatercolour, Inktense block colour, graphite pencil, on Strathmore 300gsm 5” x 7” watercolour paper.

For the underlying drawing I used a brush that I continually swished over a black Derwent Inktense block. I so enjoy the vivid colours of the Inktense pencils I use, that I recently purchased a set of 12 Inktense blocks, with plans to also use them in larger works.

Inktense colours are water resistant when dry, so watercolours washed over the top, don’t merge with them. Unless of course you want to use wet in wet techniques. I particular love how Inktense pencil lines move in an unpredictable ways, when washed with water.

I’ve also used Artline pens to get that whooshy look and feel that I like, when doing an ink and wash drawing (which I can’t get with micron and suchlike pens). Unfortunately the ink in an Artline pen is not fade resistant. Though I’ve got around that to some extent by bringing my Artline drawings, into the iPad then inkjet printing them, onto watercolour paper, using Epson pigment ink. Thereby, making the drawings fade resistant for 50 plus years. Yay!

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