Line and Wash: Pen and Ink Techniques

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Lesson Description

Pen and ink techniques, factors that affect the mark, and creating textures. In this lesson, we look at strategies for applying pen and ink in preparation for watercolor washes.

Lesson Materials

140 lb hot press watercolor paper, 140 lb cold press watercolor paper, Bristol paper (optional), technical drawing pens, dip or nib pens, bottled ink, paper towel, nylon or sable brush, water.

Lesson Resources

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Pen and Ink Textures Worksheet

Lesson Discussion

  1. Am enjoying this course, thanks for your skill and hard work. I wonder if you will be mentioning, demonstrating, colored ink somewhere in this course? I don’t have any but have a book which uses them with watercolor and have wondered how to get other than the primary colors or garish colors. Also, would you elaborate on your remark about the look of a painting done with line and wash in module 3? Tks.

  2. Very helpful. I love these exercises. Compared to a full-blown project, they can be done in a reasonable amount of time while giving me the practice that I need to develop my skills. Thanks Matt! I have been playing around with creating my own “inks” using a variety of natural materials (pokeweed, red cabbage, and turmeric). It will be fun to use these natural inks as an alternative to watercolor to create a pen and ink drawing.

  3. So much information so beautifully presented to us. your skills as a teacher and artist are at the highest level . cant wait to open the next lesson to see what you have for us.
    Line & Wash ,i was just starting to explore this medium and then Matt>>>>>>
    6 months in your class and i’ve learned so much. thanks tom

  4. Hi Matt
    You use Staedtler pens. I have a bunch of Pigma Macron pens. How is the line quality equal to the Macron pens? The Staedtler pens seem to be more “Juicier “than the Macrons.

  5. OMG. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ve wanted to learn watercolor for a long time and have always been drawn to line and wash. Thank you so much. I look forward to giving it a try.

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