Like Liquid Silk

30 May

culvert 1

I did some development work today, using one of the drawings I did en plein air on a recent field trip with colleagues from Swansea University’s FIRE Laboratory. I sketched some culverts up in the Brecon Beacons, near the source of the River Tawe and today I worked on a very large piece of vintage Waterford paper with my own home-made walnut ink and some Isabey brushes.

The paper is lovely, very thick with deckle edges and the ink glides across its surface like rich sepia liquid silk. I used the ink neat and watered down into a mid-brown wash and I also splashed ink across the surface. I’ll leave it a couple of days then decide how I want to proceed – do I use colour or not? Or should I put in some darker tones with Indian Ink?



3 Responses to “Like Liquid Silk”

  1. Leonie Andrews June 6, 2019 at 23:38 #

    It’s looking pretty good so far. It’s already strong graphically speaking (photos are a good way to ‘stand back’ and look). Darker inks sounds like a good approach.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 7, 2019 at 08:45 #

      Thanks Leonie. I think I’ll try mixing Indian ink with the walnut ink, on a different piece of paper, and see what happens 🙂

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