Here’s what I’ve been up to over the last couple of days. My plan here was a line and wash, an ink sketch with a delicate (I repeat delicate) wash of colour. I’ve been using Faber Castell Pitt pens for my ink sketching, but decided to break out my dip pen for a change, just to see the difference in the line.
All was going well. The line sketch of my dear departed kitty Sophie was looking good; next step was to drop in some water to dampen the surface, followed by some strategic colour…
Aargh... no no no nooo… ink used with dip pen NOT WATERPROOF!! Cue puddles of dirty grey/black water. Yuk.
Oh well, thought I, carry on regardless, go with the flow etc. So, more water applied, ink swished about, and watercolour dropped in for a bit of colour. And do you know what, I actually like the end result. Here it is (5 by 7"):
Having got away with it on this one I decided to try the technique in a more, ahem, controlled way. Another Sophie ink and watercolour (5 by 7" again):
On this one I did the initial sketch with the (waterproof) Pitt pen, then added some non-waterproof ink in various areas so that I wasn’t quite so overwhelmed. I like the result but not as much as the first disaster-headed effort!
So, have any of you managed to rescue something as seemingly doomed as this to your satisfaction? Would love to hear about it!