Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Salt crystals and Quink ink

I have long been wondering whether the coarse salt crystals that I've often used to produce a variety of effects with watercolours would work with black Quink ink. A couple of days ago, I decided to try.


The answer is that I think they do, up to a point. The effects seem to show up more clearly when the ink is less concentrated. Coarse crystals definitely worked better than fine ones. My results using the latter weren't worth showing.

Sometime soon, I'll try this technique with blue and blue-black Quink. I'm expecting similar effects, though in my experience, these two colours don't split into their different colours in such an interesting way. 

For those interested, the ink effects were produced in a similar way to my post of last week here. This time, I made sure that the surface was very wet, added extra ink with a dropper and then added the salt crystals, leaving everything to dry on a flat surface. 



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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I'm really enjoying myself.

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    1. Thank you, Connie. You are always so kind.

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  3. This has a lovely landscape feel to it that would be delightful printed onto a piece of fabric and stitched into.....so inspiring.

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    1. Funny how everything I do when I'm experimenting like this seems to end up hinting at landscape ...!

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  4. Oh! - I'm very much enjoying where you've been going with these Quink adventures! And the landscape-y quality is very appealing...it seems to give the results a "grounding" of sorts... Looking forward to seeing more!

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    1. Good to hear from you, Lisa. thank you for you comment.
      It's a fact that all my experiments - and I've done lots lately - drift into landscape mode, without any conscious effort on my part. I'm not sure whether that's a good idea because it gives them some sort of cohesion, or whether it controls what I do too much and inhibits my experiments ... I think I need to think about that one!

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