The other day I finally had some success with an ink and watercolor wash drawing. Isn’t he pretty? I needed to do a crow card for a trading partner and I decided I would stretch myself a bit and try an ink and watercolor wash.
I had purchased Cathy Johnson’s Ink & Wash Workshop CD from her Cafe Press store a month or so ago. I’ve watched it a number of times and found it very helpful. Cathy Johnson is an excellent teacher. You’ve probably seen her articles in Artist’s Magazine or in Watercolor Magic Magazine. In this slideshow she starts out with going over the tools: pens, brushes, inks, watercolor paints, and papers, and then walks you through a bit of technique. It was an excellent way to get a brief overview without investing in a class or a longer, more detailed, book. Check out her website as well. I like checking out her art tips. They are in the upper left side of the page.
So back to my crow. I started out with these sketches. I chose the one I liked and did a pen drawing.
I worked wet into wet started with a violet ink around the shoulder, and then washed the rest with a phathlo blue. After it dried I applied a bit of indigo ink. After that dried I used light payne’s gray washes here and there. When I had let everything dry again, I added a touch more violet to the shoulder. When I felt finished with the paints and inks, I added details with my trusty Pigma Micron 005.
l really liked how this turned out. As I worked I kept meditating on the quote by playwright Edward Albee I had written in my sketchbook: “If you’re willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly.” This is so true. When I give myself permission to fail, I take so many more chances and wind up with some amazing happy accidents.
*By the way, I’m sharing Cathy Johnson’s link because I admire her skills as a teacher and because I’ve found this CD useful. I don’t get a kickback or anything.