Hi there, and welcome, here are the last three paintings for Inktober.
29 – The image above. Three floaty fish. For this painting I followed along with a Youtube video by Henry Li who has an excellent channel filled with tutorials and information about Chinese brush painting.
30 – Panda (below). With just a few brush strokes I had painted a panda, who knew this was even possible?
31 – Iris. I love iris flowers but had no idea how to approach painting them. Two of the books I’m using had different instructions for iris so I mixed them up and used both. I love how this turned out and am definitely going to try this with watercolour.
During October I made some cards, it seemed like a good time to practise Chinese brush painting. They were both painted with watercolour and not ink.
This one was a get well card painted while I was painting little Chinese style birds.
This one was a birthday card painted while I was painting sparrows on a bamboo branch. Both cards were inspired by birds painted in week three.
Here’s inktober at a glance, you can see the original blog posts for each week in the links below the image.
I can’t believe just how much I’ve learned this month; this style of painting was completely new to me and I wasn’t even sure I would be able to paint anything post – worthy at all.
Although I posted 31 images (one for each day of the month.) I practised quite a bit each day. I counted all of the paper used throughout the month and found I had used 157 A4 pieces of paper. Yes I know a weird thing to do but it interested me to find out how much practice and how many mistakes (so many) to achieve something I was happy with.
I was using cheap paper and had no problems messing up and starting again, I don’t think I feel quite so free using more expensive paper.
I decided to try Chinese brush painting because
1. It fascinates me to see the skill someone has to make very simple brush strokes into something totally amazing.
2. If I could even learn the basic techniques it would improve my drawing and watercolour painting.
3. I already had the tools to do this style of painting and I would rather learn to use the tools I have than buy shiny new ones. The brushes aren’t best quality but they worked well enough.
Quick summary: I had the most fun Inktober ever learning new skills and techniques. Painting everything from chrysanthemums, birds to irises and has given me the confidence to paint things I wouldn’t have even tried before.
I have lots of ideas now I just need time to paint them all hehehe.
I would like to thank to everyone for the love, support and encouragement this month you’ve all been amazing!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x