How I Test My Inks for Watercolor

I’ve gotten questions about how I run these tests for watercolors —
besides using the ink in a variety of situations!

Pure ink waiting to dry.

I place a good amount of ink on watercolor paper, and let it dry>
I use brushes that I dedicate to ink, because it is hard to get the ink out,
and I don’t want it to mix with my watercolors.

This is Robert Oster Motor Oil, a favorite sketch ink.

After the ink dries, I imagine a rough square and place a good amount of water
into that space, but try not to touch the edges of the dry ink.
When I begin to touch the edges, I start at the left and move up,
and just touch the dry ink —
I want to see it pull down into the water on its own.
BUT, at the far right high end, I scrub the dry ink with my watercolor brush,
and may pull it down a bit to spread it out — it depends on how it is moving on its own.

I let that dry… a miracle of color!

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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