Alcohol Ink Demos Volume 4

Little Green

From the Animals Course and the September 2013 Newsletter

Newsletter Notes:

Little Green Hummingbird features an eclectic mix of techniques and materials. I was captivated by the beautiful, nearly monochrome reference photo taken by Tiffany C. of this bird, which was a frequent visitor to her home.

To create the background, I used Frisket film in two layers - one for the whites and one for the branches and the bird. My goal was to lay color in for the subjects and then lighten the background with ink, alcohol, and metallic gold ink. By including the background color in the leaves and the bird, I hoped to unify the piece and re-create the close to monochromatic feel of the reference.

The metallic inks change the way the other inks flow and lift from the paper. By covering the subject with the film prior to adding the gold, I protected the area that I would later be painting.

I spent a much longer time then usual on the background - the good news was that once the background was finished the actual painting part went fairly quickly.

The materials used: Ranger inks: Citrus, Meadow, and Sunshine; Pinata Gold; Spectrum Noir CG4 bottled inks, Spectrum Noir Markers (greens, browns, and blender); White Signo Pen, Pitt Sepia pen; Micron Black Pen; Yupo Paper; Grafix Frisket Film.

Animals Course Notes:

Little Green was included in the Animals Course during Bird Week, which focused on color. The hummer was an example of a monochromatic scheme. Here are the notes from the workbook:

Little Green is a hummingbird against a light green background nearly as an intense as the body of the bird. One of the artistic intentions of this piece was to play with this striking lime color. Little Green is also interesting in the use of frisket film for the masking. This was one of those experiments that, while it all worked out, was probably unnecessary as the resulting masking could have easy been accomplished with masking fluid.


Created by

Karen Walker