Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
Today I'm going to demo watercolor vs. fountain pen ink painting! I'm in LOVE with my Daniel Smith watercolors, but recently I discovered just how JUICY fountain pen inks are to paint with. I adore all the fun, vibrant Noodlers Ink colors I've been collecting, and thought you'd enjoy seeing a side by side comparison of the same project shaded in watercolor and again in fountain pen ink.
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If you'd like to explore painting with fountain pen inks, I have an entire classroom called Inktastic inside the Mixed Media Society just waiting for you!
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I was in a serious Art Deco phase during 2020 and cranked out THREE books about How to Draw Art Deco Style. One of the things I loved exploring was how to draw art deco interriors and furniture, like the adorable little chairs above.
My goal is to shade the chairs so they look as much like teal velvet as possible. I'm testing Noodlers Ink Turquoise (left) vs. Daniel Smith Pthalo Turquoise (right).
Click over to today's video to learn...
❤️ How inks work compared to watercolors
❤️ How you can "Lift" the color to make really amazing highlights
❤️ How to make 2D objects looks INSANELY realistic
If you'd like to see a flip through of How to Draw Art Deco Style Volume 1, start the video below...
If you love mixed media portraits, or have never learned how to create one from scratch before, but would LOVE TO, check out my Art Deco Mixed Media Portrait Workshop over at Awesome Art School. I'm sure you'll love it!!
Today is Friday which means NEW FREE YouTube lesson!!
This project was particularly satisfying for sooooo many reasons! Well, I'll just list them off so you know what they are! First all, I got to paint with my fountain pen inks. They are soooooo vibrant and juicy and satisfying (due to their vibrancy and juiciness) that I cannot even compare them to any other medium I love them so much! This is the one I use for skin color. It's DIVINE!
I can now draw hands after publishing a book on them! I can finally dive into any project that involves them and has truly opened up a whole new world of faces and characters now that I'm no longer afraid to tackle any drawing!
I spill 3 oz. of permanent ink all over my studio floor. There's nothing quite like an explosion of ink to liven things up in the old art room!
Glasses. Having the guts and courage to draw OVER and ON TOP OF a completely painted girl, is, well, TERRIFYING! But then the level of proud you feel when you actually pull it off is the BEST FEELING EVER!! So while it's scary, it's worth it!!! So my advice to you is to simply GO FOR IT.
The references I used today are so super cute!! The original reference photo was taken from Vogue Japan and I just fell in love with it when I saw it!!!
Another reason today's project was so fun was because of my little feline side-kick!! Oh Tippie!!!
So after the spill and the cat play and the juicy brushes filled with ink I was just delighted at the final outcome. Click on the video here to watch how YOU can learn how to paint glasses on YOUR mixed media girls!!
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