Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Back to Flourishes!
I am very happy with Old World Iron Gall ink. It was such a treat to meet David Spitzer who creates the ink at the Phoenix conference. I came home well stocked up with the ink and wanted to try my line and wash technique with it. So far, I only use McCaffery's brown for this technique, but the Old World Ink seemed to do the job. The ink is more densely black than McCaffery's Penman's Black. It holds beautiful hairlines and shades. It is becoming a studio favourite of mine. This little bird flourish is 5x7 on Somerset Satin Soft White Printmaking paper. Another treasure from The Pastel Studio. The paper is very soft and slightly textured but is a perfect surface for flourishing. This piece was done entirely with an Esterbrook 357 pen point which is extremely sharp and flexible, but the paper did not resist the nib. The flourish is tinted with Derwent Metallic Watercolour pencils and then blended with a moist watercolour brush. Great fun on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.