Sketching with Water Soluble Ink

Sketching with water soluble ink can provide a really unique, colorful sketch.  If you decide to sketch with water soluble ink and color with watercolors, then you want to always use the watercolors first so the ink won’t run.  With this form of sketching, you can skip the under drawing sketch process and jump right into blocking areas with colors, start with light colors and gradually move toward your darkest color to give more saturation.

If you prefer to use waterproof ink or pencil, then the watercolors can be applied first or last.

Most watercolor sketchers prefer to put in the lighter colors with more water first as they can be covered later with darker colors.  For example, the sky is usually a good place to start. If you are using traditional brushes, you can achieve a large expanse sky with a consistent color in a single stroke.

Let the Waterbrush work for you…

If you prefer to use waterbrushes, I would recommend breaking up the sky with clouds.  The water to paint ratio in a waterbrush stroke is always changing, constantly going from dark and heavy to light and watery.  If you take advantage of the water to paint ratio, you can end up with some beautiful variation within each color area.  Just make sure you start the stroke where you want the color to be darkest, and complete the stroke where you want the color to be lightest.  You can also provide your piece with more depth if you mix some colors on the palette and other colors right on the sketch.   When you paint different colors next to each other on the sketch allowing them touch and bleed into each other and slightly overlap you will inevitably create more depth.

As always, never scrub the colors into the paper, apply with a light touch.  To maintain a fresh look to your colors, limit yourself to several layers. I

Sketching with water soluble ink isn’t terribly labor intensive.  As always, have fun with it!

Starlight & Art Adventures team up

September 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Art Adventures News, Local Arts

Art is for EVERYONE! Art builds self confidence which, in turn,  builds the inner strength in all of us. Reaching out to children with serious illnesses, Art Adventures recently partnered with Starlight for a day of fun and release for families and their children. Whether it be a terminal illness or progressive disease, art was the cure for the day! We all put our worries aside and had lots of hugs, laughter and creativity! Community outreach and support is an important part of what we do. Art Adventures is committed to bringing out the best in everyone and reminding us that our minds are a powerful tool… not only to create unique art, but to help heal, one step at a time.

Art builds self confidence in seriously ill children.

Art builds self confidence in seriously ill children.

Colorado Art Expedition!

September 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Art Travel Classes

Winter Park, Colorado
Art Expedition 2009/2010
Adventure Photography and Photojournalism Tour

Join us for an unforgettable New Year’s experience of art and adventure! Suitable for individuals or the whole family, we will discover dog sledding, snowmobiling and skiing in this winter wonderland AND illustrate it with color, journaling and photography! In addition, travelers may participate in Art and Photography workshops and visits with local working artists.

A minimal deposit is required to hold your spot.

The following items are included in the cost of the Winter Park Expedition:
Round trip flight, hotel stay (ski in ski out), travel insurance, shuttles, $100 Safeway card for grocery shopping, all adventures, workshops, photo instruction, art supplies, creative activities, visiting artist, two lunches, a breakfast and a New Years Eve Dinner. A professionally bound photo album of the trip is also included. Each album will be personalized to highlight photos of you and your experience in Colorado.

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