Line and Wash: Landscape - Part 1

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Lesson Description

Part 1 of a series on creating a landscape with line and wash. In part 1, we develop the ink drawing with bottled ink and a nylon brush.

Lesson Materials

140 lb cold press watercolor paper, India ink (carbon black), a nylon round brush, graphite pencil and a kneaded eraser.

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Lesson Discussion

  1. you could use a thicker pointed sable brush, fill the entire brush with water and only the tip – about one third of the hair – with ink. That way you get better line quality, a richer variety of tones, and save the brush from ink damage. Just be sure not to let it dry entirely with the ink on up to the handle. Wash the brush with a mild soap after use. It will last for years.

    • Yes, but the blacks will not be quite as strong. Just be sure to apply the gouache after all of the watercolor has been added. If you apply the gouache first, the watercolor applications will reactivate the gouache and you’ll end up with a mess.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful lesson! I really like your way of teaching and organized material! I will try the brush and ink next time in my sketches… is it water resistant as pens?

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