Tools: How I Make My Swabs

I am asked this a lot,
and it is on my inks page,

but thought I’d repost it here.

W20 7 ROBERT OSTER MOTOR OIL INK-1346For my large ink test
I laydown roughly
a half-square of ink, above.
I let it dry, then load
the bottom half of
the imaginary square
with water, and just touch
the edge of the dry ink…
except for the far right corner,
where I scrub the ink with
my brush to see how it moves.

Occasionally you will see
two images for the same ink.
This is because it is a color
that changes in different
lighting so very much!

I like to use the paper that I am going to use in my actual artwork, so I
use Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook or Hahnemühle Watercolour Journal,

Love me some Robert Oster Motor Oil!

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About dkatiepowellart

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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4 Responses to Tools: How I Make My Swabs

  1. Mireya says:

    Now I want to play with my ink. Thanks!


  2. lois says:

    Motor Oil–what a great name!


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