Acrylic paint has never been my forte. It’s not that I can’t use it, it’s just that I’m not strong with it. The paint has always been a little bit intimidating to me to tell the truth. I know, paint? Intimidating? But I have a reputation for all my creations turning out well. Frankly, I’m pretty confident in my abilities… until a new medium comes in. So I was rather surprised by my choice in my May Art Media. This is a project we do every month in art class where we try out new media. It’s my last Art Media I’ll ever do in middle school, possibly ever. I wanted to end it with a bang. Normally an art media is set on a page in our art books, but I took a canvas and my mother’s brushes. I found a picture of an eye (I LOVE drawing eyes) and sketched it on the surface. Then I started painting. I used six colours, yellow, red, burnt umber, magenta, black and white. When I finished it yesterday it wasn’t perfect, I felt like it was rather amateur looking. But my brother did ask if he could pretend it was his, so I guess that’s a good sign.
I learned something from this Art Media. All my others turned out excellent because I played it safe. This one turned out amazing because I took a chance. I think that’s the point to tell you the truth. Try something new and don’t worry, because it will never be the masterpiece you wanted on your first try.
Anyhoo, I’ll post a picture of this and some of my other Art Medias, I just need to convince my sister that I won’t get paint on her camera.
India ink is a really fun media to work with. You can do many different things with it. Use calligraphy pens, brushes, even sticks! There’s many things you can do with it. Add water and make different shades or keep it bold and black!
Here I have put a small blob of India ink on paper and then taken a thick needle to drag it out. This created a really cool design. You can make all kinds of designs.
See how I diluted the India ink with water? It made lighter shades.
This is India Ink. It’s a pretty commonly used media so it shouldn’t be too hard to find. You could find it at an arts or crafts store.
Here’s some brushes that I used. Make sure to have fine and fat brushes to work with.
I looked for a painting in 1000 Painting of Genius so that I could find a suitable painting to remake with India Ink.
I love this!
Here’s the out come. I used different shades of India Ink and some different techniques too. Try flicking the ink on with a smallish brush. If you want to do the same thing start off with a really light shade as a guide line and build up from that.