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Line And Wash

Line And Wash

Line and wash

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of line and wash work. If you’re unsure what ‘line and wash’ is, let me explain that it’s a combination of line drawing and watercolour painting. This has a long tradition behind it, in terms of art history. My featured pic shows a recent example of mine, Abbot House Sunset.

Abbot House

Abbot House is (or was) a heritage centre near to Dunfermline Abbey. Much of the place dates from the 16th century. Currently the building is closed and out of use, due to a lack of funding, but there are plans to reopen it soon.

Pens, paint and paper

I use Uni Pin and Derwent Graphik black fineliner pens in various sizes for the line work. The watercolours are my usual Winsor & Newton tube paints. For paper, I’ve been favouring Fabriano Artistico cotton watercolour paper, which is acid free and archival. The hot-pressed surface means that it’s very smooth. The pen tips glide over it easily, which I like.

Wash and line?

Actually, I should maybe call my approach wash and line because that reflects the order I work in. I start with watercolour washes over a basic pencil drawing, leaving some parts untouched. Then I apply the pens to firm up the drawing aspect, moving from an ultrafine 0.05 line through 0.1, 0.2 and 0.5 to a fairly heavy 0.8 at the end for some stronger edges. Applying a variety of nib sizes improves the line quality. Finally, a bit of paint spattering here and there enlivens the scene and it’s fun to do.

If you’ve been following my blog (thanks!), you may be thinking this line and wash stuff is part of my hankering to be more experimental in my painting. Well, it is and it isn’t. Years ago, I used the technique a lot, so it’s not exactly new to me.

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