Walnut Ink Flowers

Walnut ink is messy, at least in the container I have. India ink is a better option. It’s cheaper too. Working with one color helped me focus on the feel of the brush and how to work with the medium. I focused on the shapes of the flowers instead of mixing the right hues.

I was working with a big brush and it holds a lot of water. It would be interesting to try inks with cotton paper. On my cheap paper, the paint went all over the place, making it hard to add darker areas.

BUT I don’t usually work with walnut ink. It felt good to try a new tool. Have you painted with inks? Coffee? I will probably use the rest of this ink to paint trees. A bear? Perhaps I should make a list of all things brown? Start a collection?

Proteas survive the toughest weather

Protea

They spout from fire. Not the color scheme I had in mind but my creative mantra is make. Wrong color, keep making. Odd leaves, keep making. Smudged green on the paper, keep going. Well that led to the pink sprinkles. Good idea. Overall good start. The scanned version will be beautiful. Up next are some beautiful purple and orange Zinnia single blooms. I have already selected the colors from my color chart.

How to paint flowers with circles

I like the idea of one color with various transparencies. Monotones. Thumbnail sketching is great because you get a creative boost and you could create patterns or hills of flowers. Ok these are obviously my ideas but there are countless ideas. Many times we wait until we have the “perfect idea”. Why not simply start?

Inexpensive suppllies like copy paper and tempera paint make it easier. I bought a tube of Royal and Langnicker white. Mixing time.

Drawing with two hands…

is weird. I started ok with the right hand ( I’m right handed) but kept looking to see what my left was doing. Then the right hand didn’t know what to do. This is a great practice for letting go of how you think you should draw. You have to simply draw.

Lines and blobs are easy. Fun. Yellow and Pink really shows how paitning with two hands made me feel. I really need to find a book or paper that is suitable for acrylic paint. It’s the you never know what you’re going to get that’s exciting.

I’m not used to painting with two hands. That’s what made it fun.

Who knew I could paint beautiful flowers with my left hand! Using my left hand creates a blowing in the breeze sporadic angle.

…and just like that I have another flower idea, 100 ways to paint a flower has begun! See you Monday!