Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Drawings on Canvas
I've always preferred drawing to painting, but I have always been cranky about the fragile nature of works on paper. I've never been a big fan of matting and framing. I would rather just finish a piece and hang it up on the wall. I tried using watercolor canvas and watercolor gesso, but I wasn't really happy with the results. Then I discovered these acrylic inks. They have the same consistency as regular inks but they can be used on regular acrylic gesso and combined with acrylic paints. I've been using them diluted like liquid watercolors, and applying them straight out of the bottle with a metal nib pen. They make beautiful watercolor washes. So far I have been very happy with the results. The lighting in my new studio isn't great yet, so these photos are a little washed out, but you can see the texture. I still love my regular inks and watercolors (especially my delicious shellac-based drawing inks) but it's nice to try something a little different.