Bluebell Wood in Acrylic Ink

with Sue Williams

 

Materials

FW Inks

  • White
  • Indian Yellow
  • Purple Lake

Magicolour Inks

  • Astral Yellow
  • Mars Red
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Lagoon Blue
  • Golden Sand
  • Grecian Olive
  • Asian Lime
  • Earth Brown

 

Paper

  • Bockingford 200lb 425gsm

SAA Gold Brushes

  • Sizes 20,10, 6
  • Rigger

Also

  • Palette
  • Water pot
  • Clingfilm
  • Paper towel
  • Sticks to draw with
  • Pencil

1 STARTING WITH THE TREES
The trees were drawn with Earth Brown and a stick. Ink is waterproof when dry but will dissolve into water easily while wet. Acrylic inks can be mixed on the palette or allowed to mix and merge on the paper. They can be diluted with water on the palette. You will need to wipe your brush on kitchen roll to control the amount of ink on the brush.

2 TREE COLOUR ADDED
The trees were painted with Golden Sand and Earth Brown. A little green was added.
You can dip a stick into the ink to add twigs or branches.

3 CLING FILM
You can scrunch up a small piece of cling film and use it to add areas of growth to the trees and undergrowth. Grecian Olive, Asian Lime and Golden Sand work well. Indian Yellow mixed with Green will give sunshine greens. You can use the inks while the trees are wet or wait for them to dry first. You can also splatter some leaves, if you are feeling brave!


4 TREES AND FENCE
These were completed and left to dry

5 BLUEBELLS AND SALT
Lagoon Blue was painted onto the dry paper. A little Grecian Olive was added to one or two small areas. While the ink is wet you can lightly sprinkle it with a little table salt.


6 MORE INK
While the Lagoon Blue and Salt is wet, you can add more ink, Cobalt, Cobalt mixed with Purple or Mars Red and Lagoon Blue mixed with Purple or Mars Red.

7 MORE SALT
You can again sprinkle with table salt. This is always random but gives interesting textural effects as it dries. The salt tends to delay the drying time of the ink. You may have to wait several hours for it to dry. You can still paint the sky and distant trees while the ink is wet.

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8 ADDING THE PATH
You can hint at a path. The inks can be quite unpredictable and often change shape as they dry. Leave the trees to dry. When the trees are dry, they are waterproof and you can wet the sky area without affecting the trees. You can wet the sky with clean water and then add diluted inks. The sky was diluted Lagoon Blue, a very little Diluted Golden Sand and a little very dilut Mars Red near the horizon. The field is Astral Yellow and the distant trees are a soft Violet. The trees have crept up into the sky wash. This is very typical ink behaviour.

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9 REMOVING SALT
When the salt area is dry you can wash it off under the tap! You can use warm water and, if necessary, rub very very gently. It only takes a few seconds for the salt to dissolve away. Again being very gentle, you can lay some sheets of kitchen roll on to the painting to blot up excess water. The paper surface is very delicate at this stage. You can hang the painting up to dry.

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FINISHING TOUCHES
If you need to lighten some areas, you can use White ink. White is quite opaque and you can mix it with other colours. I altered the trees and added a few more leaves.

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