Day 15: Negative Masking

This morning I was looking back and thinking about the random collage exercise, the ink blot exercise and yesterday’s negative drawing exercise and I came up with this idea for a negative space masking collage. 

Gather Materials:

  • an artist’s journal, unlined notebook, or piece of paper
  • Walnut ink in spay bottles
  • Scrap paper 
  • scissors
  • wax paper or parchment paper

Today’s Exercise

Negative image masking

  • Take a page of your sketchbook or some scrap paper and cut out shapes 
  • Drop or lay them on a page of your artist’s journal
  • You may want to put wax paper or parchment paper behind the page to control bleed through
  • Take the Tsukineko Walnut Ink  and spray the coloured inks over the page.
  • Remove the collage pieces. Set them aside to dry and save them for a future collage exercise.

Reflections on the Exercise

  • It’s nice that previous exercises came together to lead me to this one
  • Lesson learned: Walnut ink bleeds through the page. I’m mad at myself. I ruined yesterday’s stool drawing by doing this ink exercise on the back of the page. I then did a third one and you can see it through on the back of the first image.
  • Love those walnut inks.

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