|David with some of his work behind him.|
Using bamboo and reed "pens" we drew (traced) some portraits onto both watercolor paper (140# cold pressed) and on Tyvek, a construction paper with some unusual applications for watercolor. We used both india ink and an acrylic ink for sketching. I enjoyed the unpredictable line work that results from using the bamboo and reed pens.
|ink on w/c paper with washes|
|ink and w/c on tyvek paper about 11 x 14|
Then David had us ink a small head onto tyvek. This is not a material meant for art use. It has a very impervious surface that resists water. It does stain, but the color lays on top, giving the opportunity to scrub out sections or lift color with a dry brush. The technique is unpredictible and a little hard to get used to.....but it can have interesting results.
|Ink and watercolor on tyvek paper about 18x24|
Finally we did a larger ink and w/c portrait on tyvek. I want to put some glazes on this, which I think the tyvek will allow nicely. The entire face is in shade with light falling only on the tip of the nose and around the mouth area.
I'm not sure I would try tyvek again....at least not until I have some more conventional w/c under my belt...but I did enjoy the workshop and trying some new things. I also reacquainted myself with an old friend. I look forward to more watercolor painting soon.