Ink Falls…. Upon a Page

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#Inktober simply can not pass by without my Taking


to allow,  Ink to Fall

upon a page


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Inked, by hand. So….Slowly



Ink Sticks

I thought some of you may be as intrigued with the different types of inks available as I am. So I’ve included this from Wiki.


From Wikipedia: 

“There are many types of ink sticks that are produced. The artist or calligrapher may use a specific ink for a special purpose or to create special effects.

  • Oil soot ink: made using the soot of burnt tung or various other oils. There is more glue in this type of ink than the other kinds so does not spread as much. Gives a warm black colour. It is good as a general purpose painting and calligraphy ink.
  • Pine soot ink: made from the soot of pines. Has less glue so spreads more than oil soot inks. Gives a blueish-black colour. It is good for calligraphy and meticulous style painting.
  • Lacquer soot ink: made from the soot of dried raw lacquer. Has a shiny appearance and is most suitable for painting.
  • Charcoal ink: made using standard wood charcoal. It has the least amount of glue and so spreads on paper more than other inks. Mainly used for freestyle painting and calligraphy.
  • Blueish ink (青墨): oil or pine soot that has been mixed with other ingredients to produce a subtle blueish-black ink. Mainly used for calligraphy.
  • Coloured ink: oil soot ink that has been blended with pigments to create a solid ink of colour. Most popular is cinnabar ink which was reportedly used by emperors.
  • Medical ink: ink produced by mixing standard ink with herbal medicines which can be ground and taken internally.
  • Collectors ink: ink that is highly decorative and in odd shapes that are meant for collecting rather than actual use.
  • Custom ink: ink that has been commissioned by an artist who may want a specific type of ink to suit their needs.”



Chinese  …’reading,’ a painting

I’ve mentioned previously, I have a leaning towards the Japanese/Chinese art styles. I’m ‘influenced’ by the Asian wabi sabi and minimalist flavor.  Having a wander through The Met Department of Asian Art recently (online) I discovered Maxwell Hearn.


What I found at  The Met   written by Maxwell Hearn, resonates with me.

Hearn explains the Chinese way of   appreciating a    painting   can be expressed by the words   du hua,   “to read a painting.”
The aim of the traditional Chinese painter:   to Capture  not only the exterior of the subject, but its inner essence as well – its energy, life force, spirit.  
To achieve this goal, the painter often chooses to forego using color. As it is felt that color, can be a distraction from the goal.


Let The Ink …Fall


#inktober, ink drawings, watercolor and ink, paintings of waterfalls, nature journal in inks,
Ink Falls, (c)


Ink Falls….

Let the broken twig, dipped in ink – flow

Flood and cascade down the page, like a Waterfall.

and still

with bent and broken stick

search out

the branches

permitting the twig to discover the boughs

within their hiding spaces





Black ink and Blue  paint  

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Blue Monday in Inks (c)


No Time

I had no time.  I was busy. busy.  Had some meetings to attend.

I made some time.

No more than 5 minutes though.

60 seconds to grab an apple, vase and yucky fake flowers.


Whacked out the ink… india ink this time.  Dipped a nylon flat brush in and got the basic structure down.

If you look. You can count, my ink strokes. There aren’t too many.

And stopped.  4 minutes!

I had to go.

Sometimes “busy” is good.



A couple days later.

Prussian Blue watercolor pb27  was on my palette from work, so I made some light washes up.  Whacked them on.

Willy nilly. Dripping and splashing. Making a mess, it didn’t matter!!

That took less than 5 minutes as well.

I refused to get bogged down.

I wanted “Loose!” so I kept with the plan.


I can repeat this Technique.

5 minute ink sketch up.

“then, Go away!  Return later.”

Splash in some watercolors.



I think some of you, may like to do this as well.

Try it.

An apple.  A vase.  Flowers, of some sort.    Easy, Simple Designs are great to begin with. The more convoluted the pretty subject is, well,  you Know!




Inks are so wonderful for encouraging loose creative, interpretive Artistic art work.

Art work that  Captures the Inner Essence.




so,   why don’t you get out your inks.

Let the Ink Fall – upon a page   







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27 thoughts on “Ink Falls…. Upon a Page

  1. Oh I love that….quote: “to Capture  not only the exterior of the subject, but its inner essence as well – its energy, life force, spirit”. …..ah….the essence…..I am so on that like a bird on a tree! I know silly but I have always loved Asian art and the simplicity, the bare bones of it and yet conveys a world of essence. I do have some sumi ink and I will have to look for my India ink, if I still have it. I plan to play once I get my art room (lol…studio) cleaned. Thank you once again for some inspiration and some nudging 😉 Oh….and Prussian Blue here I come! I can’t wait to work with it. By the way your first painting wowed me and the second with only two colors and limited brush strokes, love!

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    1. awesome! thanks Margaret. hey, if you get yours cleaned up, how bout doing mine too? LOL
      simplicity… is often best. WHY – can’t my art room, reflect that all the time?

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    1. thank You, Jodi! its a tiny one, as you can see by the canon lens cap… but it turned out nice. smiling at HSW 🙂 the other one in blue, was larger. done on dry paper, with a brush – not A Twig!


  2. Very beautiful!
    I’m headed out next week to pick up watercolor paper et all, so I can start making a mess.. er I mean making some art 😉

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  3. I love your first ink image of the pine tree and to me storm clouds. It’s beautiful and captures the essence of the forest.
    I love the quote too!

    I’m amazed you can create something so wonderful in less than 5 minutes! It’s neat!

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    1. thank you so much Deborah! the verse just fell into place with the image, really well – I’m glad you like it too! There are many….. other 5-10 minutes efforts that Well, do Not look so nice! lol fun tho! thanks!! cheers, Debi

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  4. Oh my word, I had to tell you that I love Prussian Blue, it makes the prettiest greens and mixes ever! LOVE! you are responsible for introducing the color to me, here is a gold star for you! ……GOLD STAR!

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    1. fantastic! so happy, it is the best.heres what I love using with it: BurntSienna BUmber QuinGold WinsorLemon RawSienna and Dan Smith naples yellow … that. should keep you busy investigating! LOL

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    1. hi Nico, you are very kind! thank you. I’m glad you have enjoyed these and my post…. explaining/describing a bit of the “why and what” of my artistic influences. appreciate it!! peace, cheers, and good tidings – debi

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