Ink in color block

It’s my intent to go to every Mixed Media play day that Janice Berkebile offers at Daniel Smith mothership. What she does is not my usual art practice (USk, on location sketching) but it’s good to learn new things and new materials.

Today was making cards with color blocks and ink. Oh, I just love Janice’s line work and imaginative designs. It’s not something I do well. I think this is simple enough to be a good place to start working on that.

Janice’s sample book

She uses Pitt and Micron black, permanent ink pens for initial lines. Then she embellishes with a Pentel brush pen and other things.  She recommended keeping a notebook of good ink line designs that you develop.

Janice recommended working from life.  But she also collects some botanical and wild life guides to use as reference.

First we painted blocks of color on torn and folded sheets of watercolor paper. Once dry, we worked in botanical ink designs.  The front one with the large flower is my favorite and it’s already been mailed as a get-well card.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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4 Responses to Ink in color block

  1. jodisteele says:

    I loved playing with the brush pen.
    The red blocks with the large flower makes me think of poinsettias. Would make a terrific holiday card as well.

  2. miatagrrl says:

    Lovely motifs — both Janice’s and yours. (P.S. Is it still the “mothership” if there are no children ships? 😉 )

  3. miatagrrl says:

    I just thought of this: Next year you could do one of these each day for InkTober!

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