What a great way to start our new season’s demonstrations and program off with.
Sue had driven down from Wacton, near to Norwich just for us, to do a demonstration in Acrylic Inks. For some of us, this medium is quite daunting as it is very vibrant and not always terribly controllable.
Sue introduced us to the makes of inks that she uses, i.e. F W Acrylic inks and Magic and then explaining that she uses Bockingford 200lb paper, this being heavy enough to not need to be stretched. The brushes that were used throughout the demonstration were watercolour brushes, but Sue explained that they should only be used for the acrylic inks and cleaned out with Fairly liquid, which she would not recommend to clean any brushes normally as it would probably ruin them, but the inks need that harshness.
The pallets that Sue used were just cheap ones and she explained that the inks could be kept in these for a limited time, possibly a week, if covered with cling film when finished with and then kept in a plastic bag, a good tip as generally the inks dry very quickly if left. Another good tip for cleaning the inks off the pallet was to soak it in ‘Vanish’ overnight, this should clean the mixing part at least.
Sue began to put the background colour onto the paper, the colours that went into the background were many and some were put in on wetted paper and others onto dry paper, using as many of the colours as she could so that we could get an idea of how many there were to be used. The Magic colours seem to have many bright colours which really gave a zing to the painting.
With this done, the poppies were coloured in firstly in yellow and then red and pinks added on top, this is done to give the red a zing which doesn’t happen if just red is put directly on the paper.
On to the second of our pictures for the evening, a scene from the Thames in just brown and a touch of blue, another wow factor. This was drawn first with a wooden stick (actually a stirrer from a coffee house or similar).
Our third picture was of an old barn that has now apparently fallen down, this too was drawn with the stirrer and neat ink and then with a limited pallet of blue and green it was finished off, just adding a touch of red at the end. Sue used scrunched up cling film to create a dauber and made marks for the trees and bushes around the barn, this worked really well and a good tip to remember.
Finally, in the last 10 minutes of the evening, Sue did a beautiful sunset with an elephant in silhouette, amazing and so fast too!
I cannot remember ever having been to a demonstration evening and actually watching 4 pictures being done, a very talented lady I think. We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I for one, am definitely going to get my inks out of the cupboard and have a go.
On a humours note, Costa or other coffee establishments in Rayleigh might see us coming if we all go on the scrounge for wooden stirrers, what do you think?
Report and Photos Courtesy of Cathy Newton