Playing with Inks Yet Again

Working with india ink on paper every day - my process as the month unfolds is to make the backgrounds for a few cards one day and that evening or the next day, draw or letter on the background with a dip pen. I like the contrast between the sharp, opaque lines of the dip pen and the soft often more translucent marks on the base. I'm always so curious to see where things will go, I started with just abstract backgrounds the first 5 days, then moved to larger paper and now adding lines and letters on top. It's been mentally absorbing, which I love.  

This is my 3rd year participating in Inktober. Each year I explore some aspect of ink, but not necessarily drawing with ink as is the intention of the challenge. This set is on 5x8" watercolor paper {you can find cards 1-5 and cards 6-12 if you want to see the creative trend...} After using them so much, I wrote a [positive] review of Dr. Ph. Martin's inks with a round-up of ideas. 

The point of doing a creative challenge is to PUSH your boundaries. To get out of the box. To not only "do" something specific each day but to put your heart into it, indulge your ideas. It is an opportunity to dig deeper into your creative work. 

Cards 13-16, using mostly Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay india inks, J. Herbin inks. 

5x8" watercolor paper, ink, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" watercolor paper, ink, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" watercolor paper, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" watercolor paper, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" watercolor paper, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

5x8" watercolor paper, artwork by Tammy Garcia.