Ink and Wash Part II

ink jane watercolor Oct 02, 2021

Welcome to Part II of the Ink and Wash Technique series. 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

  • What can you do to make sure something looks like what it should look like
  • Sketching and painting tomatoes

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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, Pyrrol Scarlet, Pyrrol Crimson, Sap Green, Green Apatite) - any orange, reddish-orange, light red, and green 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 

Instructor: Jane Matsumoto


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