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


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.


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”?


    • 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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