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.
“Super black” means its blackness will be very permanent and fadeless. Contains 100% carbon black pigment. Also free-flowing, non-clogging, and waterproof.
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.
Same palette of traditional colors the great masters used a century ago. Liquid-poured means semi-moist pans respond instantly to a wet brush. 24 pans in plastic case. Also individual pans. – Master Set
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.