How To Create A Value Swatch With Alcohol Inks

In our classes we learn that the key to making a two-dimensional object look three-dimensional it to get the lights and darks right.  I’ve posted a couple of tutorial regarding values: The Role of Values in Your Paintings and Using The Values of Your Inks (Colors, Hues).

I’ve created a video to show you how to create quick swatches of values for a couple of inks (Stream and Pinata Calabaza).  This was inspired by a lovely video by esperoart creating tonal (value) swatches with watercolors and I wanted to see if I could do it with inks and how.

2 – Blog Colors To Values Part 1 Stream and Calabaza from Sheryl Williams on Vimeo.

grayscale1gray-scale 0 black.

Here are two different grayscales.  I use the one with 0 as white.  I punch holes in the middle to match them up.

Value Ranges blog

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Here are the results of the experiment with Stream (Adirondack) and Calabaza (Pinata) inks.

If you decide to try and make some swatches, please post so we can share.

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2 thoughts on “How To Create A Value Swatch With Alcohol Inks

  1. jill July 26, 2015 / 9:42 am

    What do you mean by “punch holes in them to match them up”?

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    • sherylwil July 26, 2015 / 12:09 pm

      Hi Jill,
      I punch holes with a hole punch and then use it to line up the grayscale with the color painted. You can see a demonstration at the end of the video.

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