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Ink Resist Technique, a video tutorial

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Ink Resist Technique, a video tutorial

Ink resist is an exciting technique that you can use in your mixed media paintings. It can seem a bit tricky at first though, so here is a video that will show you all the steps in details.

Ink resist technique Supplies list:

  • Canvas or paper
  • washable paint: tempera or gouache
  • India Ink (waterproof)
  • acrylic paints and gel medium

Any question about ink resist? Ask in the comment section.

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Comments (27)

  1. Heather

    I have tried this technique but have only ended up with black rectangles… is it possible in leaving the ink on dry too long before washing?

    1. I suspect the issue might be more that the layer of washable paint underneath being too thin or too diluted in water.
      You also need to wait until that first layer is really dry.
      Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. B. Juliana

    I also hope you are staying Safe and Healthy throughout this Covid situation.
    It’s getting bad in our area. We have to be so careful, because some folks
    are ignoring the protocols. On my Job, one co-worker came in sick and was
    quarantined when she tested Positive. She caused two other workers to also quarantine.
    I was out of work that week… and feel fortunate. But she was blatantly ignorant to not
    follow safety measures.
    IF this continues… WE may never get rid of this Pandemic! sad…

    Stay Safe!

  3. I never tired of watching your work and instruction, Sandrine.
    It has helped me keep my sanity in my life.

    I have gotten so off track from my creativity, and actually made this week
    my Work week in getting my Space organized. I took Days Off during the Holiday,
    since I work a day job, and last year; I had to Put In a new heating system in the basement. THAT was where all my supplies & workspace is. Needless to say, it’s taken me over a year to get everything BACK in order. My Day Job drains me.
    But it helps keep a roof over my head. No more excuses…I just keep moving forward.

    And YOUR tutorials continue to inspire me as to WHY? I need Art to Live.
    Juliana in New Jersey

    1. Thanks Juliana ๐Ÿ™‚ all the best !

  4. jnine493475600

    Hi Sandrine – What an excellent project. I can’t wait to try it…and I really really like the image you used. I’m going to look for something with a water tower also. By the way, I do have the artbox and I have been wondering what that bottle of paint was about. Now I know. I’ve never used tempura paint and now I can’t wait to try this project. Thanks again for you generous spirit of sharing your awesome skills and imagination. All the best to you and your family for 2017. Jeanine

    1. Thanks Jeanine, I am sure you will have fun with the ink resist technique ๐Ÿ™‚
      All the best f0r 2017! May it be a very creative and Happy new year for you.

  5. mmock87360157000

    This is marvelous. What an amazing technique! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks! I am glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thanks for another interesting demo Sandrine. I have used this technique for some time on paper (see my article on my blog), never thought about using canvas. Will have to give that a try.

    1. Thanks Sonia, I am sharing the link to your blog post here so people can check it out. Looks good ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Marie Berryman

    Thanks so much for teaching this very new painting technique to me. It was very interesting. You are so patient and explained everything so well. You inspired me, thanks again.

    1. Thanks Marie, I am very happy to hear that you liked the demo.

  8. Thanks for sharing this technique!
    Would watercolor work as well?

    1. Thanks Mariette. watercolor could work to add color in the second step but would be too thin to work as a resist. Tempera is the easiest paint to use as a resist and it is very cheap.

  9. Parul Mody

    Loved the demo…simply awesome! The black and white as well as the colored picture looks great…I am a great fan of your art…Thanks for sharing..

    1. Thanks Parul for your nice comment, you made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Marty

    Love this , I think the painting looked beautiful before you added the color. I like the graphic nature of the back and white. The finished piece is also very beautiful.
    Thanks for this demo, your work is inspiring .

  11. Wow! That is an awesome technique, Sandrine…thanks so much for sharing your video with us.

  12. Shari Kratoska

    Do you prime the canvas with gesso first at all, or is that not necessary? Loved the technique and the results you get.

    1. Thanks Shari. The canvas I bought was already primed with gesso, but if yours is not, yes I would prime it before.

  13. Fiona

    This is so inspiring. Thank-you!

    1. Thanks Fiona:)

  14. Tanya Barnett

    After watching your tutorial, I can’t wait for this unit in the art classes!

    1. Thanks Tanya, you will see it is a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Loretta

    What a wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much!

    1. Thanks Loretta, I am glad you liked the post ๐Ÿ™‚

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