Friday, 10 July 2015

Trying Something New With "Old" Supplies

This week, I was rummaging in my stash and was particularly delighted to rediscover my collection of India Inks. Somehow, I had completely forgotten that I own a couple of bottles of the beautiful ink. Then I wondered what would happen if I used them with my bamboo brush. I usually reserve that for lettering in black ink but I wanted to try drawing some colorful shapes.

I used a background that was sitting on my desk. I had made it by smooshing drywall tape into a heavy coat of modeling paste. Then I added a coat of gesso and glaze of blue paint.

To make the circles, I dipped my brush directly into the India ink and started drawing. I started with the green/teal, then added circles blue, purple and pink.

I held the brush very loosely and experimented to create the different circles - some solid and heavy, some broken. I like the variety. The colors blended in places because I'm too impatient to wait for the ink to dry between layers. I could have used my heat gun but I was having too much to wait.

I love the vibrant the colors are on this page and gesso is key to keeping the lines crisp. I was testing the colors on a piece of scrap paper as I went and the colors bled a little because it wasn't gesso'd first.

There is something wonderful about playing with well loved supplies. I love new paints, inks and brushes as much as the next person but sometimes I forget that I love my older supplies too. It might be exciting to reach for the newest supply but this little experiment has made me realize that I need to dig around in my stash more often.

Here's to trying new things with well loved supplies.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Love it! The colours, the shapes, the texture, and the inspiration to use things differently.

  2. Fun! I like what you said about not forgetting about my older supplies. I did that just today. I went back to some faithful paint colors, word collage and writing techniques and I totally enjoyed myself. I posted a pic of the resulting page on my blog this evening.