Why I favour Ink & Wash

Those of you who follow my YouTube channel will be aware that I enjoy using all media. It's great fun trying out new products and seeing how different products work together. When I first learnt to paint, like many people it was with watercolour. Maybe this is why after flirting with different media, I always come back to my battered old tin of watercolours.

I will always continue to try out new things, especially as there are new art products regularly released to discover. In fact I was saddened to learn that Derwent no longer make Artbar, as I have just got into using them and am loving how you can layer them. I also love using Colourcraft Brusho for it's unpredictability and bright colours.

When displaying my work at Art fairs and exhibitions, a few times now I have received complimentary comments about my mark making. Many beginners in art lack confidence in their drawing skills, much preferring the process of painting. I believe that when your drawing confidence grows with practice, you become much more inclined to let those marks show.

I am often asked how long it takes for me to paint my artworks, the reality is that it isn't the painting that takes all my time, but the drawing. After spending time carefully drawing the owl above with ink and a dip pen, the wet in wet painting was a quick process.

This is why I favour using ink and wash (some say ink and watercolour or line and wash) , because you can have a relatively detailed drawing and enjoy adding bold washes of colour without losing any of that detail, structure and form. In my mind the best of both words.

I talk about this in many of my YouTube tutorials, including this recent one of an ink and wash bridge.

Do you have a media that you return to time after time, do you enjoy ink and wash? Let us know in the comments below.

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