Walnut Ink

This is a walnut ink drawing/painting of my friends antique buddha called “The Scholar” – also an appropriate submission for the “Illustration Friday” topic of “old”. He’s a wooden carving and as I understand it they were found in Buddhist Temples. The walnut ink is fun to draw and paint with. It’s also easy to wash out areas that you might want to change. Definitely will be doing more with the walnut ink. ūüôā

The Scholar
The Scholar – walnut ink

Laid Paper

Following up on my post about the reed pen, laid paper is what Van Gogh used for many of his¬†drawings. The only laid paper that I’ve tried are a “business” paper that is actually¬†found in an office supply store and a sketch paper made by Arches.

Here is a good article on paper:

https://www.ilab.org/eng/documentation/87-the_paper_of_old_prints.html

Laid paper has a screen texture from the process used to make it. Here is a close up:

laid paper texture
laid paper texture

(If you google images of laid paper you might get a clearer picture.)

Finch on Southworth paper - micron pen
Finch on Southworth paper – micron pen
Finch on Arches paper - reed pen
Finch on Arches paper – reed pen

Both papers were nice to work on, but the pen did glide smoothly on the Southworth paper, a watermarked stationery and there was some drag on the Arches paper.

Southworth, Antique Laid, business paper, 24 lb. – ivory – 25% cotton, watermarked.

Arches Laid Paper – sketch – (Ingres) – 70 lb. – 75% cotton