Ink and Wash

jane watercolor Aug 27, 2021

Ink and Wash (aka line and wash) is a fun way to quickly sketch a landscape scene or a street scene, or in this case, food. It can be as detailed or as loose as you want it to be. It can be just a few quick squiggles or lines to give the suggestion of a person, place, or thing. The idea is get something down on paper quickly and have it look effortless, opposed to labored. The wash part of the technique requires more water in the paint mix and then a series of drying and then laying down more wash to create a layered look to go from light to dark. 

Topics Covered

  • How and where to get started when using a large plate of food as your painting inspiration
  • Painting the carrots first and then inking them up
  • Sketching the carrots first and then adding color

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 Materials Needed

  • Waterproof or water-resistant ink and pointed pen or fountain pen (be sure to use ink that is made for fountain pens because waterproof ink for calligraphy usually contains shellac and that will clog your fountain pens)
  • OR pens that are waterproof (ie. Pigma Micron pens)
  • watercolor paper of your choice (I used Strathmore Cold Press 500 Series)
  • watercolor paints of your choice (I used Daniel Smith: Transparent Pyrrol Orange, New Gamboge, Hansa Yellow Medium, Sap Green, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Orange) - any orange, yellow, green, and brown paints will work.
  • Round paintbrush (I am using Princeton Heritage 4050R Size 6) - a round and not a pointed round and a size 6 and above is recommended
  • 2 jars of water for rinsing and a separate jar of water for clean water
  • paper towel 


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Instructor: Jane Matsumoto

Instagram: @ginkgoarts


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