I belong to wonderful groups on Facebook – Alcohol Ink Artists, Alcohol Ink & Mixed Media and KW Artists and Friends. There are over 2,000 members from all over the world. Our theme this week at Alcohol Ink Artists was abstracts. I decided to post this picture:
My dear friend, Birdie came up with this method of folding paper with the ink inside.
I added a white gel pen to emphasize the shapes.
For this post, I’m going to take you through how it’s done.
Yupo Paper comes in different weights. I usually use 74# Cover Paper. For the above picture I used 62# transluscent paper that is lighter and easy to fold. For the following I used #104 Transluscent paper which wasn’t as easy to fold but worked fine.
Step 1: Pour ink onto the paper. I used Bottle, Mountain Rose and Wild Plum. I did not use any blending solution.
Step 2: fold the paper with the ink still wet
Step 3: Fold some more
Step 4: Open
Step 5: After more folds
Step 6: Start to outline the color patterns with a white gel pen.
Here’s the finished piece. You will notice that because it is translucent you can see my writing on the back (my bad).
Here’s one more piece done in this style. It’s fun.
I’ve wanted to paint this image for the longest time but I was afraid that it would be too monochromatic. Turned out I loved painting it because it looks like my Golden Lab/Retriever – Bobbo. The shoe was much more time-consuming than the puppy.
This is Alcohol Ink 8.5 x 11 on Yupo Paper.
I did lay down a base color and then painted on top of it.
One of the aspects that make my paintings unique is the intense attention paid to values.
What are values? – the range of light and dark in your painting, also called “tone.” We usually focus on the Hue (color) but the value can be even more important. Here are two versions of Sea Turtle by Nancy Sklaney at Paintmyphoto http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/sea-turtle-1
Here is the original and another with the values reduced. The second one seems dull and not lifelike.
How do you discover what the values are?
Print a copy of your reference photo in black and white.
Use a gray scale to map out your picture. A gray scale is a chart from white to black in varying number of steps of gray in between without any apparent color. I punch holes in mine so I can lay it on top of the black and white photo to identify the values.
Here’s an example of the gray scale on top of my picture and there is a match at 4 and 10
A good exercise is to map out the values on your black and white copy.
Here’s a few values mapped on the turtle photo.
In the next post, I’ll talk about how to figure out what value your colors (hues) are and how to use them.
I spend hours looking at reference photos hoping to fall in love. I decided it would be interesting to look at how to pick a photo. These are pictures that I took of a cactus blooming in my backyard. I wanted to paint the details of the inside.
This picture is at an angle from above which doesn’t draw you in but it lets you see how little this guy is.
This one lets you see the details but there isn’t enough light contrast to be interesting. This is the most common issue I find is that there is not enough light contrast. Also two flowers doesn’t feel balanced.
This one has weird focus on the back flower but I do like the sky behind.
Great light and details.
Good contrast with the rock shadowOMG there’s a grasshopper on it. But I think we can get rid of it. (click to see it)
I decided to show you how I trace and paint a cat’s eye. This is from Audra Timas at PMP “Ema”. First I print out a black and white version of the photograph. I have found that if you take the element of color out of the equation it is easier to see where the value changes of light a dark are. I still have to use the color reference when I paint but at this point it’s about tracing. I put down a sheet of Yupo Paper, tape the black and white image on top and slide carbon paper between.
I draw a line every time the light/dark changes. I use a green pen so know where I have traced and where I haven’t.
Here’s the tracing on the Yupo. I didn’t get everything but there as much as I found at the time. (sorry for the shadow)
(Click to enlarge)
The next step is to paint the eye. I hold my iPad with the image on in close by so I can try to replicate the colors I see in the picture. I used bottles of ink, markers, pens and the magic touch of the Chameleon blending pen.
Here is just the eye of the reference photo. The painting will look much better when there is fur around the eye.