Monday, April 11, 2016

I is for India Ink

Today's post is about India ink. India ink is a very versatile art supply. It used to be used mainly for writing, but now is used mostly for art projects. India ink was actually invented in China in the third century BC (or BCE). Today's India ink is made of a combination of a fine soot, called lampblack, and water. It can be either waterproof or not.

Above is a mixed media painting that I made. The media used are acrylic paint, India ink, and correction fluid. I used the India ink in the background to make the flowers pop out. The India ink makes a very flat background and the eye is drawn to the subject of the painting. In this case, the eye is drawn to the Black Eyed Susans, which are a little more realistic, and the leaves, which are drawn in correction fluid, and are a little more abstract.
This is a pen and ink drawing that I did of the Butterfly Boy. The tale of the Butterfly Boy is a Chinese story of a boy who saw the world from the perspective of a butterfly. There is a book about the Butterfly Boy, written by Laurence Yep and titled The Butterfly Boy. It is a beautiful, delightful picture book for children, both young and old. It incites your imagination and makes you wonder what it would be like if you, too, could experience the world from the perspective of a butterfly.


Anna Jeanine said...

Hi Alice! You are SO talented!!

I love both those pieces. Have I mentioned that my son is an artist, too? He writes novels but is even more interested in animation, career-wise.

Hope you have a great day!


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Alice Gerard said...

Hi Jeanine,
Thank you so much!!!

Allyse said...

I have never heard of India Ink before but your work is amazing. Very beautiful!

@AllysePanaro from
The Frog Lady

Ashley said...

Beautiful pieces of work, Alice. I always admire artists, as I'm not artistic when it comes to drawing or painting at all. I have to stick with writing and singing!

Martha DeMeo said...

How creative you are! I love the flower drawing! I can barely draw a straight line! LOL Great letter "I" blog.

Alana said...

I enjoyed this painting. Correction fluid! (I'm not an artist) Who knew? I love black backgrounds with flowers. This one works very well. said...

I didn't know that you're an artist, Alice - a wonderful one too.

Bob Scotney said...

I'm always envious of people who have an artistic ability - you are no exception.

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