Inks have a lot of characteristics that make it a good working medium. Ink’s vibrant colours and fluidity make it similar to watercolour, although it’s employed for a variety of purposes. Inks are flexible and should be a part of each artist’s arsenal. If you’re interested in trying your hand at ink painting, here’s all you need to know. We have suggestions for everyone, whether you’re a novice or an expert trying to improve your technique.
A Brief Overview of Ink
Over 2000 years ago, the ink stick was invented in the Far East. Solid ink is used to make an ink stick, which is subsequently diluted with water. Ink is available in a variety of thicknesses and thicknesses. Thick ink has a dark tone, whereas thin ink has a lighter tone. Ink can be used for a variety of purposes and by artists of various styles. Ink is suitable for both delicate line work and background splashes of subtle colour.
Selecting the Correct Ink
It’s crucial to think about how you’ll use the ink while selecting the ideal one for you (e.g., by brush, pen, etc.). There are a variety of inks to pick from, with the majority of them varying in colour strength and pigment. Dye-based inks are most likely the finest choice if you want to produce a bold, vibrant piece of art. Pigment-based inks, on the other hand, would be preferable for creating a light wash.
Making Ink Paintings
Prepare the necessary equipment
Make sure you have enough water on hand to wet your surface and dilute your colours. Make sure you have a sheet of kitchen towel on available to wipe away any excess liquid. This will also be useful for wiping your brush in between washes.
Don’t just dip into the container
It’s often a great way to start with inks by premixing your colours the same way you would have with paint. When it relates to inks, less is better, so start small and work your way up.
Don’t be frightened to try new things
To figure out what goes for you, try a variety of various paintbrushes and techniques. If you’re new to ink art, a soft brush is generally beneficial, so give these a try.
Don’t forget to dilute
Because inks might have a strong colour, dilute them before adding them to your base. It’s always possible to add more colour afterwards, but it’s not possible to take it away.
Experiment with different surfaces
Practice with a variety of papers to see what actually works for your personal style. Watercolour papers are excellent for ink painting, and if you’re feeling very daring, try Chinese Traditional rice paper.
Always keep in mind that practice makes perfect!
Practicing, as with any other type of art, is essential. To find your perfect combo, experiment with different inks, art styles, materials, and brushes. If it is your first time trying you are bound to have some failed projects but keep trying and once you do get the hang of it, you wouldn’t want to stop.