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Line and colour

Part 6 How to combine inks with soft pastel on different surfaces to create colourful landscapes with heaps of drama, by Tim Fisher
La Cadiere , ink and pastel on Fisher 400 Classic, 13x20in. (33x51cm)

Acrylic ink


Practise techniques to mix ink with pastel

Understand the nature of coloured grounds

I enjoy combining soft pastels with inks, especially when working on Fisher 400 art paper. To begin, I tried creating lines on the surface that would remain visible long enough to develop the work into a pastel painting without the edges smudging or disappearing. However, due to the texture of the paper, working with traditional mark-making instruments, such as fibre-tipped pens or dip pens, the tips would wear down too quickly.

With some experimentation, I found that a matchstick dipped in either Indian or acrylic ink produced the desired line work. To do this, prepare the match by striking it, blowing it out immediately then wiping it with a kitchen towel. This gives it a slight taper, which is ideal for working on this type of surface. The marks improve progressively as the ink soaks into the match.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter (now 80 pages PLUS this month's 16-page art courses and holidays supplement). Aimed at beginners, less-experienced amateurs and hobby painters, LP is the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK. Inside you'll find practical advice, exercises and demonstrations on how to paint with watercolour, acrylics, acrylic inks, oils, pastels and drawing media, as well as tackling mixed-media approaches. With everything from adding figures to your beach scenes to gardens, flowers, animals, still lifes and landscapes, we aim to fill your painting hours. There's even a challenge to complete a miniature medieval initial letter in gold this month. Then sit back and view the award-winners of this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition, and read news on exhibitions, diary events, art club activities, the latest practical art books and our online home, PaintersOnline. The final 16 pages of this month's issue will help you plan your next art course. Enjoy the issue!