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yummy lovely inks

Having one of those brief but essential moments of terror at the start of a new book. Coping technique: line up all my inks to see what they look like with the sun shining through them.

Oops! Need to buy some more yellow. The second Princess Spaghetti book really sucked up that colour.


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May. 5th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Dr Martin
Oh wow. I haven't seen Dr Martins Radiant Concentrated Water Colors since I last owned some 25 years ago. They were too hard to get hold of in those pre internet days after my local supplier closed down. Brings back some very happy memories.
May. 5th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Dr Martin
Yay! And they look so lovely in their bottles. :)
May. 5th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
hyacinth, slate blue, i still have stuff in a box somewhere from old comics colouring days...

i watched caroline della porta doing an illustration wih these inks once- she was amaaaazing
beautiful confident brushwork inb rich ink colours ... and then working into it with bleach
May. 5th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Cool! I keep meaning to find out more effects I can get with them, I'm sure there are loads I don't know.
May. 5th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
I love those inks. There's one which I think is called Wild Rose and it is just an incredibly vibrant and beautiful purple-pink. It is a wonderful color.
May. 6th, 2011 06:14 am (UTC)
Oh, I know the one! It IS lovely. I like how they mix so well to make other colours without going muddy. My designer at Scholastic got all excited about 'my magentas'. Sometimes my pinks and reds in Cotman watercolour were coming out a bit brown in reproduction, so this is a step forward.
May. 6th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
oooh is that what you use? I would like to try those. I keep using watercolor but I get annoyed at how it covers up my lines. I wish there was something more like ink, maybe this is it! Do you find it hard to mix the colors?
Your colors are always so vibrant and well chosen, and your lines are always so crisp and lovely!
May. 6th, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
Hi, Jess! I definitely recommend Dr Martin inks for reproduction, they scan so well! But the problem with them is that the original artwork fades very badly in sunlight. You'd have to have special UV glass over it if you sold it and warn people about displaying it in full sunlight.

The great thing about the DrM inks is that they're very pure, intense colours and mix so nicely. But once you've committed them on paper, there's no going back with sponging it off. If the colour's a bit too intense, you're stuck, so you have to be careful and keep dabbing on a test strip. Up to now, I've been using Cotman watercolours, which are nice and cheap, but I had to paint several layers for red layers, and sometimes if the paint was too thick, it would come out brown in areas. And if I was in a rush and didn't let the india ink dry, I had problems with the paint pulling away from the line and looking a bit jagged on the edges. (Not covering it, though, I'm not sure why yours does that.) The inks don't seem to do this as much.

Viviane Schwarz is recommending Daler Rowney acrylic inks http://www.daler-rowney.com/content/fw-artists-inks She says she can't tell the difference from DrM inks 'except they have a tendency to foam which spoils washes if you're not careful.'

Ha ha, that's the long answer. :) #inknerd
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