I only recently came to know there’s such a thing called ink resist, and was pretty impressed by some of the artworks with this method. So I gave it a try. The result is a meh, but I l had fun and learned something.
So these are the steps I followed:
- pencil drawing;
- painting with gouache but leave some area blank; (some people leave only the pencil marks uncovered to achieve neat outlines)
- after the painting is completely dry, covered the whole page with sumi ink;
- again, wait till it’s completely dry, wash off the ink (I used the garden hose, no kidding.)
- and again, wait till it’s dry, and went back to fix here and there. (This step is optional, but I wasn’t that lucky.)
And here are the things I learned:
- Like drawing on black paper, this method is a bit counter-intuitive. The areas left blank in the first painting round will be the darkest after the wash. So planning ahead is important, which I didn’t do. In my painting, the blacks serve more like random texture than an organic part of the value pattern.
- The paint should be thick, to “resist” the ink and also because gouache is easy to wash off.
- This process asks for a lot of patience. 😜