Ink painting: tips and techniques to draw.

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Hello everyone, today we are to understand what is ink painting. And also some do’s and don’t for ink art. But before moving further, Do you all know what is ink painting? And also how to do it I mean Which ink should be used to do ink art?

Don’t worry if u don’t, you will get to know about everything after reading it. So are you guys ready to learn all about ink painting.

What is ink painting?

Ink painting is a kind of East Asian scrub art that uses black ink – as used in East Asian handwriting – in various professions. This type of art basically Emerges in Tang dynasty. China correlated this art with stylistic features, turned topsy-turvy first and many other realistic features. 

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To know everything about the elements of ink, we need to pay honour to the humble ink stick, which was produced in the Far East more than 2,000 years ago. This is solid ink which is diluted with water for creating a diversifying effect. Thick ink is very intense and bright, while thin ink seems to be vibrant and translucent.

The wonder of the platforms is how an artist can easily use ink to develop an image of enormous proximity and life, stabilizing brightness and darkness, thickness and light, line and tone. Factories of ink comfort the use of ink for both clearly distinguished linework or wide washes of modest colour.

Inks clearly stand as a tool on their own, but are also incredible in varied media chunks used as washes to strengthen areas in drawing, collage and pastel.

Modern inks are far more adaptable than you might visualize. If you adore giving the tool to go, here’s something how to paint with inks.

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The strong colours, clearness and fluidity of ink gives rise to a new kind of ink especially for those who enjoy watercolours. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to improve your ink painting techniques, some points below will make you an expert in ink painting.

What ink should I select to start ink painting?

It is a most common question which comes in almost everyone’s mind. When selecting what ink to purchase, the main consideration is what you are going to try to apply them(like brush, nib or pen) and whether you want a texture which is rated lasting.

The major growth in inks over recent years has been increasing with the use of pigments and acrylic resins. The main argument between dye-based inks and pigmented acrylic inks are colour intensity (powerful in dye-based inks) and opposition to fading (a benefit of acrylic-based inks).



1. Be organized:

 Before you start you should have lots of water on hand for moistening the paper and it is first and foremost thing ou should have. Decreasing colours and using in washes. Have plenty of kitchen towel too. As it is tremendous for cleaning excess water off, cleaning brushes and regulating the spread of the ink solution.

2. Don’t use straight from the bottle:

Pre-mix your colours, the same way you mix paints. You should always keep this in your mind “less is more”. A limited well-mixed colours used in a range of clearness and intensities will work to give a great effect. All inks are inter-mixable.

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3. Always Experiment with application: 

you should try different pens, nibs and even twigs; formal and Chinese brushes, pipettes and sprayers etc they all can be used. Learners to ink painting will benefit by beginning with a very soft brush.

4. Don’t be afraid to dilute the ink:

You can push each colour to a whole range of subtleties. Only by varying the amount of water you use.

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5. Don’t make the work difficult:

The translucent masks of colour and subtleties of tone speak for themselves. That is there is not much need to add excess water to it.

6 Experiment with papers:

Hot-pressed watercolour sheets are ideal for allowing colour flow but you can also use. You can also begin by heavyweight paper with a rougher surface or, at the other peak, formal Chinese rice papers occur fabulously responsive to the subtleties of ink.

7. Let it flow:

If we are to learn anything from the ancients, let it be that ink requires an amount of water to give it vivacity, and that it’s lively character is not one that likes to be overly ‘boxed-in’. Let your inks flow and find their own edges.

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India Ink can be successfully stirred with other tools like watercolour and ink.

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Here is an example with watercolour on paper. The portrait has been coloured with ink and I have used watercolour only for the flower and coat painting.

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