Ink, Watercolor, CollageOne of the wonderful benefits of teaching is that I look for all sorts of ways to explain/show my students the concepts I'm trying to teach. And because of that I'm always exploring and that informs my own work even if it was not the goal. Several years ago I was asked to teach a 3 day workshop and needed to come up with a good final project. Day one was subject matter exploration, composition and drawing in ink; day two added watercolor to the ink drawing and for the final day we added stained paper collage.
|Sharpie & watercolor wash|
By using sharpie, you can't be too careful with details. The goal was to try several different formats, color schemes, etc.
|Watercolor Underpainting - Ink Brush Drawing|
|Stained Washi - Ink Brush Drawing|
The stained papers were torn is the sizes and shapes according to each painter and then affixed to the heavy watercolor paper with acrylic matte medium. After that has completely dried, the ink drawing was added and water used to create tone. I have purposely left this step unfinished as an example for my students. Our eyes do such a good job of completing line, that it would be interesting to see just how much you could leave out and still have a good readable image.