All Inked Up – in the forest

inks, forest mists drawing,

I’m all inked up.

Ready for the forest mists!

inks, forest mists drawing,
Inked, Forest Mists


Why Ink?

Judith at   suggested I join in for some Ink creations today.

I don’t think there was a Theme or Topic… so I invented my own.


Which Ink?

With a wide assortment of ink colors in the studio (black, blue, white, purple, brown, green)  I decided to go with a warm burnt sienna brown ink.   I just didn’t feel much like black. Or blue, or green.




My first  splash, dribbled everywhere.

But did make some fun patterns.


ink splashes in brown, abstract ink blots,
Ink Splashes

Then I reread the verse I’d written about Forests….  in yesterday’s post Cobalt Teal Glacial River.

And thought for a little while.




How to Ink?


  • Using the same brown ink, but dampening the paper first this time.
  • I applied the ink with a skewer, lengthwise.
  • I thought this made excellent shapes for the gigantic towering fir tree trunks.
  • Making them look like the skyscraper tall sizes they were.
  • The tip of the skewer, was used to create boughs and branches.



ink drawing in brown, forest and cliff in mist,
Forest and Cliff Face in Mist


Results and Purposes 

I found these ink creations to be:



Fun. Playful.  Loose. Free.


And, bonus –   they tied in wonderfully to the Forest post and painting I had just finished!




Inks really can be super creative, used in many different ways.

Not just, for ‘drawing.’


For fun,  try spritzing a fine spray of water on the paper…. then use a toothbrush to splash inks on.

Watch the inks dissolve and melt into the dampened areas.

Grab a new color of ink and flick more on.

Have fun!






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55 thoughts on “All Inked Up – in the forest

  1. This looks like fun and deceptively simple. Love how you have created depth with lighter trees in the background and darker trees moving through middle and foreground. And a misty texture at the bottom. Very nicely done Debi. Did your forest scene take long to create?

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    1. thanks Beth! I did a few of them of about 4 and all up it was about an hour…ish. I had a good idea of the techniques to use to achieve the effects, so that helped. But Inks are quite funny. There is NO lift off, as with wc. Once on, thats it.

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  2. You are brave and this turned out beautifully. Love the trees but wow, I do see parallels between the second painting and your CBT of yesterday too. I definitely see a river there. Maybe it’s just on my mind from yesterday? But I don’t think so. Lovely. The trees are really gorgeous! Remind me of some of your semi-abstract landscapes. 💜

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    1. that is awesome Jane! what a view! lucky you 🙂 though, I have some great neighbors roses …. lol. Thank you so much, for that wonderful comment. I appreciate it. I don’t often ‘do ink’ so it was a hit and miss affair. So I’m glad you did enjoy it. cheers, Debi

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  3. Back in ’64 in first year of Art School drawing class, one of the assignments our clever teacher assigned was to do 200 experiments with ink of one standard size of paper. Limited to one colour of ink, dropper, blotting paper, stick and water for materials. Play, he said, find out the possibilities material pictorial of pattern potential and what effect it has on you. Probably one of the most valuable assignments for a creative. I still love ink, and the idea of working within limits. G

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    1. WoW! I Love that 🙂
      what an Inspiring Teacher! that is awesome… so often, these days all we hear and do is “here, Copy This!”
      thank You,
      for sharing that. cheers, Debi


      1. Unfortunately, that is the way most art teaching is done these days. Our instructo then tackled the still life question – only his still litook up half the studio flooor to ceiling using the most improbable implements and objects, then he wound rope from the objects to parts of the walls to help articulate negative spaces, and we went at the drawing for 5 hours using only vine, charcoal rags and erasers. And yes rulers and yardsticks if we so desired. An unforgettable experience! G

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      2. that is absolutely Amazing! (how, imo, it should be done!)
        really, I love to do out of the box things in class. I might, just ad lib from this idea …. 🙂 cheers, Debi


    1. thank you! there are no large towering fir forests here, but having hiked them all my life…. I Remember them well! thanks again Jacint 🙂


    1. thank you, that is very lovely! I hadn’t even considered this one, to put onto my art shop. hmm. ! thank you again cheers, Debi


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