This morning, I decided to use Distress Inks to colour a 20cm x 20cm piece of smooth heavyweight cartridge paper and then to draw upon it. I also recorded all of this process as a youtube video (see below).
The paper is a bit more coloured than in this photo – the camera washed the colours out a bit. I will scan it in before I do anything else with this drawing for sure.
It’s always so nice to draw on a coloured background. White is such a stark colour, but a necessary one for so much of my work.
I just wanted to draw for the joy of drawing this morning. I had no fixed idea of what I was going to do or motifs and patterns I wanted to use.
Now, I have a drawing with a background colour that I’d like to add more colour to. That gives me the opportunity to use Distress Inks a bit like watercolours. And as blues form the background, I can use a monochrome palette of some of the blues I used – Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers and a touch of Evergreen Bough (I know, it’s a green, but it is a blue-green!).
Here’s the youtube video for today
I’ve been using this wonderful parchment card stock (65lb). It comes in various pastel colors and works really well with different pencils. It also prints out nicely on inkjet printers. It’s by “Array” — not sure if it’s available in the UK.
I’ve not come across the brand. I have a laser printer, though I’m likely to find a new home for it when it’s toner has run out and get an inkjet printer again. I liked the Epson Durabrite ink (though they call it something else now). It’s practically waterproof and wasn’t bothered by alcohol inks either.