Lotus on Black Paper

Lotus on Black PaperIt’s experimentation time! Today’s art adventure is Chinese Brush painting on black paper. Normally I would paint on mulberry paper which is either white or off-white but after seeing some art painted on black paper I knew I had to try it.

The only black paper I had available was my Fabriano drawing paper. This meant I had to use a drier brush since the 80# weight can’t handle a lot of water. Also dark colors do not show up unless you use a base of white.

To make this work I loaded my brush with thick white watercolor paint then I dipped the brush into permanent rose. Once the brush touched the paper the colors mixed and the pretty pink color appeared. I like this method because the colors don’t completely mix so there are nice streaks of white and darker pink which gives the lotus some interest. I used the same method of loading the brush using gamboge for the yellow stamen and sap green for the stem. The splatters were done with a watery mix of the yellow, pink, and ultramarine blue.

Working on dark paper is going to open up a whole new world for my brush paintings. I can’t wait to see what happens next.