Cleaning Day for Water & Ink Brushes
On my last trip, my water brushes became clogged. I lost the ability to easily add spots of color while standing in line or waiting to catch a train. After a great deal of soaking in warm water and soap, I finally unclogged them. I worried that I might run into the same problem with my ink brushes. I own three, nice ink brush pens which I haven’t taken full advantage of. When one recently ran dry, I opted to refill the cartridge with a diluted ink to add a value wash to quick ink studies.
One thing leads to another and I am easily distracted by the inspiration to draw. I ended up pulling out my copic markers and doing a study using an ordinary fountain pen for the initial drawing, an ink brush for the blacks, the copic markers for the values and a touch of red watercolor for the lettering. I decided that I wanted to experiment more with ink brushes filled with color and have ordered a set of the Elmer’s Paintables markers that can be emptied and filled will a selection of inks I’ve received over the years from Ink Drop (Gouletpens.com). I might also like these ink pens for the sketches of live performances, dance and yoga. I’ll let you know.
Image: Cleaning Day – ink, marker and watercolor sketchbook drawing.