Friday, November 18, 2011

Ink Art

Happy Friday everyone! Today's post will be a little different from the usual love letters to pens and journals. I wanted to share some of my (feeble) attempts at art with you! You may not know this, but I have zero creative talent. I try to draw things, they turn out terribly, and I become too disheartened to continue trying. Yes. I realize this is a terrible way to develop a skill. I still have no talent.

Back in 2008, I was hospitalized for a few months and while there, I had to find a way to pass time and keep myself occupied. I needed and wanted to try to express myself through art! I wish I could remember how I decided to do this but I imagine I must have seen something similar before. It is simple to do! I'd drip some India ink on Strathmore paper (watercolor/linen/acrylic), and blow the ink around with a straw in the general "shape" of what I wanted. Then I'd paint the ground with acrylic paint and use a thin brush to dot "flowers" on the tree branches. I think they're tree branches.

Here is an example of some of what I made! Sorry for the crappy pictures and weird angles.
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They're pretty simple to make, even for someone with no artistic talent like me! Has anyone done anything similar? I'd love to see them!


Shangching said...

They look so beautiful! So now, who says you have no talent? Talent comes in many forms, maybe your style is more impromptu than others. Keep it up!

Unknown said...

Those are wonderful! Nice work :)

GourmetPens said...

Thank you both!! I was kinda nervous to post them because I was like "damn there are so many better things out there" but oh well! They were really fun to make at least :)

Okami said...

I love these - you should check out the vids by Lian Quan Zhen he uses this technique a lot with watercolor creates amazing paintings
Watercolor with Lian Quan Zhen: Elephants

GourmetPens said...

Thank you Julie! I'm off to check it out right now :)

Jen said...

They're beautiful!

GourmetPens said...

Thank you Jen!

Aw everyone's sweet comments are boosting my confidence in my "artistic abilities" :)

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