Ink and Bleach Effects
It is possible to use ink and bleach to create exciting effects in your drawing. It creates vivid highlights and a sense of drama through contrast to your work. The example below by Jenny Johnstone uses the technique to create light.
It doesn’t work with all inks and only with black quink ink. Simple household bleach does the job, in very small amounts. It can be used with a brush or anything that will make a mark. In the quick video demo, I used a pallet knife for the ink and a small pointed metal stick for the bleach.
My students enjoyed experimenting with this last Wednesday, also with combining it with coloured ink washes. Abstract artist Linda Kemp is known for her nature-inspired “negative painting” techniques, in which she creates specific shapes.