In the last post, I was painting over life drawings with India ink and clear gesso with watercolor crayons.
There are many variations you can try with these techniques, here are a few:
You can use white ink for highlights and India ink for dark areas:
You will need:
- A drawing on white paper
- India Ink
- A few brushes
- clear gesso (I used Liquitex)
- white ink
Start by mixing a medium tone of grey with the Indian ink.
Then apply it with big gestural strokes on the paper.
You can also add a few drips if you want to.
Let everything dry, you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process being careful not to make the drips move.
The drawing at this stage
When the ink is dry, you can apply a thin layer of clear gesso. The gesso looks milky when wet but will dry transparent. Let dry
Now you can work on the new gessoed surface and go over some of the shading with India Ink.
You can go over the same area a few times to make it darker.
You can go over the highlights with white ink
You can also use colored pencils on top of India Ink:
Regular colored pencils are also working great on top of clear gesso.
Here I started by darkening a few areas in the shade.
I went over the contours with a black colored pencil
Added a few highlights with a white colored pencils.
You can layer India ink on top of your India Ink wash
You can also use a wash of India Ink that is just a bit darker than the background.
Go over the shade areas with the light wash of India Ink.
You can go several times on the same area to make it darker