40 Ink painting Ideas For Inspiration

Ink for painting? This may seem a weird idea and somewhat of a modern concept but the fact is that it is indeed a very old concept that has its origins in calligraphy. Originally, ink painting was a way of creating elaborate stories on manuscripts on scrolls with inks in a combination of pens and brushes.

Today you can see a revival of this art form with many colored inks that are used. Some people think of ink paintings as a kin to watercolors and you can seek inspiration from these mind blowing watercolor paintings in case you are seeking to get some ideas. We are sure that once you master the techniques of painting with inks, then you can even create mind blowing surreal paintings if you have a mind to do so.

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In fact when you are learning to use inks to put down your artistic creativity on canvas or paper, then it is best you learn all that is there to know about painting and painting options. The many styles of painting and the nuances in them will definitely help you master the art of using inks to create artistic magic.

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Here Are Some Simple Pointers Along With Some Images For Inspiration That Will Help You Work With Ink And Get Your Ink Paintings Right:

Choose your ink based on the style you have. For instance, Indian ink is good but it is also waterproof and permanent and while this is good you may need ink that that is water soluble for washes.

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Tree of Change, by Wendy Videlock
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Use rough paper when you start ink painting as this will come in handy when you want to make corrections. The texture of the paper makes it easier to remove the inks.

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While there are many nibs available, you will need to determine the shape and size of the nib based on the marks they create and the ones you want to make to get the right one.

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Keep using different mark for shading and modelling, making lines, filling in etc. so that you get a good picture going.

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You will need to keep practicing so that your mistakes are lesser when you use pen and ink and then you will be able to add spontaneity to your paintings.

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It is very good when you are able to add many tones to your artwork but for this to happen you need to be able to manage your tones.

The Invitation, by Wendy Videlock
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Another point to remember with ink painting is being very careful to avoid smudging as the likelihood of this happening is pretty high.

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You have to know that applying ink on a wet surface will give you different results as compared to when you apply ink on dry surface and you will need to work this out.

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In the process of ink painting, you will have to start accepting that you will be committing some mistakes as you go on.

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I Hope You Dance, by Wendy Videlock
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As you go on painting with inks, you will have to learn to balance washes with lines in order to create an art work that balances out both.

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Looking at the oriental styles can help you learn more about techniques as you go on and not necessarily the style but the way they do it.

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Keep experimenting with new bases to keep the paintings have a different look from one to another.

The Dragonfly, by Wendy Videlock
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We are sure that once you have looked at our gallery of ink paintings and seen the impact that they can have, as well as looking at the hints that we have provided here, you must be eager to start some on your own.

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