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Mixing watercolor and India ink

Mixing watercolor and ink in a mixed media portrait can yield to interesting results. Here are the steps I took to paint this portrait of my daughter.

Portrait painting techniques : India ink, watercolor and watercolor pencils

This time I used Canson cold press as my paper (140 lb), I stretched it before starting to draw.

I did draw a rough outlines of the face.

Here I start painting with India ink, going from light to dark.

I did reserve a bit of the white with masking liquid in the iris highlight and corner of the eyes.

I start working in watercolor with a mix of 3 reds : scarlet, carmine and madder lake red, with a bit of emerald green for the darker reds.

I paint a loose background.

When I am happy with the painting, I go to the scary drip and messing up stage.

I let it dry, then will remove unwanted stains and add definition to the flower. I am then drawing patterns on the background with a watercolor pencil.

painting with watercolor crayons

Some Flowers bloom in Winter, India ink, watercolor and watercolor crayons on paper

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Mixing watercolor and India ink
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