Monthly Archives: September 2015

Spray Ink

Fire Woman - Spray InkI love trying out new art supplies and this time it is Dylusions spray ink. It comes in fantastic colors that you spritz onto paper. If you add water to the ink it will run creating interesting drips and shapes of color.

I thought this technique would be interesting to incorporate into a figure drawing so I used the spray ink with some watercolor splatters to create a figure with wild wind-blown hair. I created the hair by spraying red, pink, and violet onto watercolor paper, adding drops of water and tilting the paper until I had a pattern that I liked. I drew the eyes in bright blue so they would stand out in contrast to all the red. The finer lines and details were added with colored pencil.

This painting was really fun to do. I encourage you to try a spray ink painting of your own. If you do please share your work by posting in the comments below or send me a message.

Until next time… keep those pencils sharp!


P.S. Classes start this week so I’ll be sharing our projects once again. It’s going to be a fun fall of art, I hope you’ll consider joining us!

Zendala Dare #107

Zendala Dare 107On a recent trip to Michael’s I found some black 6″ x 6″ Strathmore artist tiles. I have to admit I was very excited, it’s been awhile since I did any tangling and this was a perfect opportunity to try my hand at the current Zendala Dare.

I spend a lot of time drawing and painting botanicals so it should be no surprise that I saw a flower and leaves in this challenge. Working on black paper also gave me the opportunity to give my new Signo white pigment pen a workout. I am pleased to say it performed wonderfully!

The outer leaves were done with Betweed and the petals were done with some simple swirls, curved accent lines, and a few dots just for good measure. The shading was done with Derwent metallic pencils in green (#91), yellow (#86), pink (#88), and purple (#89). I did not completely fill in each section, instead I left a lot of the paper show through to help create the illusion of dimension.

I am very pleased with the result and look forward to the next challenge.