story behind ink on canvas
became inspired to work with ink by all the amazing
tattoo art I have seen. I've even designed some for
friends. My first attempt was a mixed media piece called
"Your Decision", but the ink didn't adhere
well to the canvas even if aided by a spray fixative.
Then I noticed the piece of unprimed canvas I had been
using to wipe brushes. The ink soaked in nicely yet
still kept the integrity of the color. I decided to
try doing an entire painting using ink on unprimed canvas.
That painting, called "Thought Begins", showed
me there would be a learning curve to this. I learned
ink cannot be applied full strength because it may not
soak into the canvas very well and could crack and flake
off. Ink also has a tendency to bleed unpredictably
so at full strength there is no way to control it making
it impossible to add fine details to a design. I have
to water down the ink and apply it in coats or layers
which also helps me control color tones and shading.
The more layers the stronger the color or shading. I
had to start using unprimed canvas scraps to test and
develop techniques because ink is never completetly
opaque, therefore there is no way to cover mistakes,
each brush stroke has to be deliberate. Lots of brush
work is needed to control bleeding, creating shallow
grooves to contain the ink.
Whites, in order to be bright enough or be more
pure may need help so at times I had to add acrylic
paint or white chalk to the white ink to get the effect
Since then I've become more proficient and more
passionate with the technique. It is my hope that you
enjoy viewing these works and are inspired to see them