Color games with colored inks. Have you tried playing with Winsor & Newton-colored inks yet? For you who follow us from home, art lover, artist, or passionate, Momarte has selected natural “Art Pills” to experiment with the most different applications of color. You will find every micro lesson, of course, here on our blog! Today we begin this adventure with a fantastic exercise dedicated to color: we will spend time together in the name of creativity! We have repeatedly said that the watercolor or ink technique is a very expressive art form because it allows us to play with water and create shocking effects.
Do you remember the colored inks from Winsor & Newton? We have now spoken about it in the first guide, where we made a color chart. Their high gloss distinguishes these links; they can be diluted with water and used with brushes or nibs. To make today’s table, both watercolor paints and colored inks will be fine. This time, I used them both. You can use the colors you have available and have fun creating fantastic color games!
- Sheet of Canson watercolor paper, A4, 300g fine grain
- Round brush n ° 12
- Watercolors Winsor & Newton Professional Water Color Cadmium Yellow 119 and Cadmium Red 098
- Inks Winsor & Newton Vermiglione (970), Violet (971), Blue (952), Emerald (959), Ultramarine (969)
- 2 water containers
- Palette for colors
The objectives of the lesson will be the following:
- Use wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry technique
- Create transparent blends
- Mix the colors
In this article, we will experiment with the technique of color layering and create original shades. Color layering is a technique that allows us to develop blends and shades. It is obtained by painting several layers of color on both the wet stain and the dry pigment. It is especially true for watercolor and the use of light colors that allow these veiled shades. We have to get to work!
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We prepare the pencil drawing
First, we need to make the pencil drawing, the trace we will follow to create our experiment with colors. Then, with the compass, we draw circles of various sizes and in random positions on the sheet: some of them will be superimposed or partially superimposed, others will barely touch each other. Still, others may be all alone in a corner. Draw as many circles as you like, but try to leave a white border around the paper, a kind of frame.
Let’s try wet on dry
I have already talked about it in the past: the term “wet on dry” means, without too many words, when we paint using watercolors on a dry surface, in this case, paper. To start, I painted the first circles with the color Yellow. To do this, dilute the stain with water on a palette and color some circles to taste. Let the color dry. Once the yellow circles have been painted, let’s move on to paint others with red.
If you want, you can choose to continue with different colors from mine! As mentioned, you can take advantage of the colors you have at home to get a 100% personalized result! For the moment, I have chosen to continue with the warm colors, on which I will then create some color overlays with more charged shades.
Let’s move on to Winsor & Newton-colored inks
To continue my table, I thought of painting some circles using colored inks. On a palette, I diluted some Violet 971, which I used to paint some circles. Finally, I chose Winsor & Newton inks because I wanted to obtain a high chromatic vibrancy effect.
The magic of color
Now let’s move on to painting the circles by applying one of the basic principles of watercolor: the wet-on-wet technique. First, dampen the brush in water and create a first transparent layer on the circle you want to paint. Then, with the tip of the brush dipped in color, touch the wet surface and let the color naturally expand inside the circle. And here’s the magic!! Continue painting the intersecting circles and let the colors in the overlapping section “overlap” naturally. You will get some fantastic color blends!
With the same procedure, I painted my circles with Blue 952 ink, creating some shades in the spaces of the intersections with the purple circles. Continue to paint the circles of your choice by applying the wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques. In both cases, you will get original shades.
A question you force challenge yourself is, “How should I deal with color? Should I drive it? My advice is to let the color flow inside the shapes: let the color be free to expand on the sheet, whether you are using the classic watercolors or, like me, colored inks.
Before drawing with the brush directly inside the bottle, it is advisable to wash the brushes from color residues well to avoid compromising the color. In addition, you may discover it helpful to have a palette on which you can lay the amount of paint you need. As always, thank you for being with us. Now you have to get to work! Please send us your achievements and considerations, or leave us a comment talking about the results obtained!