The Rives BFK printmaking paper is a pleasure to work on with both ink and watercolor. I even painted on both sides of the paper in my new coptic bound sketchbook. Even though I painted lightly, there was no bleed through! I’ll have to test it with more saturated, wet, dark colors and see what happens.
I used a dip pen again, rather than a fountain pen, for my initial drawing. This time I tried the Noodler’s Ottoman Azure, a beautiful, tropical blue. When I saw that the edge of my hand was picking up some of the ink and redepositing it on the paper I decided to see what would happen if I used clear water with a brush to drag some of the azure tint into the trumpet parts. I liked the effect. Having played the Color Scheme Game on a daily basis for several months now, I opted for an orange shadow rather than a purple shadow, just for fun, knowing that the painting would be livelier using a complementary color scheme rather than an analogous color scheme. A few touches of yellow here and there and I was happy.
Only Twenty Six more Trumpet Parts paintings to go! Then it is on to a series of Hedgerow paintings.