|Love Birds Doodimal ACEO (2.5 X 3.5 inches) ink and watercolour|
Sticking with the doodimal ACEO theme and sort of sticking to creatures that live in trees but this time the feathered variety, today's submission to AEDM is a couple of love birds.
I learnt a lesson not to be lazy with this one. I always start with pencil to draw the outline and the various doodles and then go over it with a Sakura Micron pen. Then I paint in the sections with watercolour and once that's dry I go over the doodles and outlines in pen again as the watercolour tends to dull the clarity of the black. Anyway, the problem with going over the paint with the pen is that it can clog the flow of ink and that's what happened - I ruined the pen. Now, instead of going to my art supply cupboard and getting a new Micron pen, I lazily used one that I knew had a better flow but that wasn't strictly waterproof. What happened? Well, the ink in the pink bib section of the male bird ran and made a complete mess. I thought I would have to scrap it, but before I did I decided to try painting over it in white gouache a couple of times and then repainting the pink watercolour over the top. Then, using a proper Micron pen I added the dots to the section to disguise any black ink that might still be peeking through from the previous mistake. I think I might just have gotten away with it.
The moral of the story? Use the proper tools and don't cut corners because you're too lazy to get off your as$ and get a new pen.
I'd just received a new box of 12 Sakura Micron pens yesterday in the post as well. Although turns out the numbering for nib thickness is a bit confusing - I ordered 05 when I should've ordered 005. Now I've got 12 pens with nibs too thick for the delicate doodles I need to do on ACEOs. Hey ho, I'll use them for something I'm sure.
Anyway, this is my submission for AEDM Day 28.