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Negative Painting with Ink Washes

Bianca Haeck, Drawing on Inspiration!

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5 Videos (41m)
    • Supplies and Setting Up

    • Background Washes and Layer 1

    • Continuing Our Layers

    • Finishing Our Layers and Fun Flourishes

    • Ways to Use Negative Painting and Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this class students will learn how to use negative painting, or painting around objects, to create a forest scene in ink washes. This is such a simple technique, it's perfect for anyone, no matter your artistic skill level! Make fun cards, or cute scenes, your options are endless!

Lesson 1:

The first lesson involves a quick introduction, and then delving into the materials needed for the class, and a quick setup.

 You will learn:

  • What materials to use
  • How to set up for optimum results
  • What to expect in the next classes

Lesson 2:

We begin by diving into the wet-on-wet technique for a background wash to get us started, then we begin with our first layer of trees in the foreground.

You will learn:

  • How wet-on-wet works
  • How negative painting actually works
  • Tips for making your process smoother

Lesson 3:

We continue on with our layers, go further back towards the horizon, systematically darkening our background as we go. We experiment with tree shapes and sizes, as well as placement.

You will learn:

  • How to build layers from light to dark
  • How to create the illusion of distance

Lesson 4:

In this lesson we finish up our class project, doing the final and darkest layers. We will then learn a fun way to use white, opaque pens to create interesting details on our dark background.

You will learn:

  • How to apply the tips collected along the way
  • How to use white, opaque pens to create fun flourishes

Lesson 5:

The last lesson will show examples of how negative painting can be used in future projects, plus other tips on how to use multiple ink colors in your pieces.

Students should post their class project once finished to share with the class. Also, please leave comments and feedback, I always enjoy hearing from you! :)





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Bianca Haeck

Drawing on Inspiration!

I have been an artist from the moment I learned how to wield a crayon as a kid. There was no end to the fascination that a world of color, shapes and ideas could bring! I try to carry that kind of passion into my teaching in the present as well. I like to consider myself a multi-functional artist, as I work in several different mediums. I say "functional" rather than "talented", since I think it's a bit presumptuous to think I alone can say if I have a talent or not :) I love to experiment an...

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