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Wandering Ink Drawing Exercise

Wandering Ink Drawing Exercise
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By Andrea Mulder-Slater

Students will learn to “go with the flow” as they allow their materials to take on a life of their own.

What You Need:

  • Heavy paper (watercolor paper is the best but poster paper will work)
  • Ink (waterproof ink will work the best but you can use a washable ink if you are concerned with spills)
  • Skewer sticks or long pickle sticks
  • Watercolor paint, brushes and water

What You Do:

  1. Have your ink ready to go before you begin painting.
  2. Choose two colors of paint that “go” together. Find something that unifies the colors. Use complementary colors or various shades of one color. Play with this idea for a while until you have colors you like.
  3. Paint the colors onto your paper as a wash. Use a lot of water and just a little paint. Your colors should be very transparent (see-through). The paint should flow easily onto your paper.
  4. While the paint is still wet, take a skewer stick, dip it into the ink bottle and place it on the wet paper you have just painted. Do this in several areas of the paper.
  5. The ink will run and roll all across the paper forming interesting shapes and lines.
  6. Allow the ink to go where it pleases.
  7. When you feel that there is enough ink on the paper, let everything dry.
  8. You may wish to add some details with the ink once the paper has dried thoroughly.

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