Edge of the woods, drawing with ink and twigs and a little pen
Detail of the drawing
It's a long time since I did any drawing with ink and twigs. They make such a lovely range of marks with different tones and textures, I should do it more often.
The drawing below was done mainly with twigs from the garden (image at end of post) but also a bamboo pen, a shaped wooden stirrer from a cafe, a Tombo pen, a Sharpie and a very little black coloured pencil. The Sharpie was a little too hard edged and doesn't gel enough with the fluid inks I feel but it was a fun experiment. Using J Herbin Gris Nuage ink, I couldn't get the darks quite dark enough, which is why I tried the Sharpie. There is also a little Daler Rowny FW white acrylic ink in there.
It was done in the Derwent Panoramic book, 16.54 x 7.08 inches, 110lb paper. I tried using watercolour in this book without success, the paper was too thin and buckled. It worked well with the ink though.
Edge of the Wood, ink sketch
The twigs are now packed in with my drawing materials. I need to get some larger ones as well and find my Indian ink. A friend has been using sepia Indian ink, which I hadn't heard of ..... oh dear another for the wish list!
The materials used
It is also useful to dip these twigs into watercolour mixes for calligraphic marks when painting.
The stirrers that you get in cafes and wooden ice lolly sticks, shaped at the end with a craft knife are also interesting to draw with, the stirrer, shaped to a point, at the front of the image above was used in this one, along with the twigs. I gave my class one each at the end of term - I wonder if anyone has used them?