Category Archives: Ink


This is another Anita Lehmann assignment from The Beauty of Composition. Learning to trust composition grid and golden rectangle.

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Who doesn’t love black • white • red in a shared field?

(8″ x 13″ ink on Shizen watercolor paper)
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Happy Monday!

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(5″ x 4″  water-soluble pen on paper and watercolor)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Tiny Tombow® Bunnies

Drawing tiny cartoons with water soluble marker and pulling with water. Here’s how…

Easy Tombow® Rabbits

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(1.5″  each — Tombow® marker and water brush on watercolor paper)
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Hat’s On!

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Normally we “take our hats off” to someone we salute. In this case we “put our hats ON” in support of a mutual friend and soon-to-be-divorcée—and PARTIED through a 4-course gourmet-catered dinner hosted by our hat aficionado and hostess with the ‘mostess’, Kay.

This super addictive technique (learned from Carla Sonheim) involves quickly drawing with ink using droppers, and immediately blotting the wet lines with toilet paper. The uncontrollable results make laughable caricatures. None of these resembles its reference photo, but that’s not the point. It’s all for the fun of it—just like the party. Cheers!

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Sketches are GOLD

You never know where a 20-second sketch will take you. And you can never make enough sketches. They are GOLD to flip through for developing future compositions, remembering places, and feeling good about all those times you picked up a tool and made marks in your sketchbook.

While attending a group event at an instructor’s studio earlier this year, I discovered her cache of sketchbooks—a TREASURE TROVE chronicling her moods, surroundings, experiments…  It almost felt like I was violating her privacy, but she assured me she left them out for that very reason. I would have sat there all night turning her pages, but for the guilt of appearing unsocial. Back to the party I went, eventually.

Where will a preliminary sketch take you? ANY WHERE! Pick a favorite simple drawing, then use other media to draw/paint it again and see what happens. You’ll get something quite different every time.

Have fun!

A one-liner ink sketch, used as source.    (click any image to enlarge it)


Charcoal and conte on tinted paper.


Eyedropper+ink with watercolors on hot press watercolor paper.


Different one-liner ink sketch, used as source. (imagine that: another bunny)


Crayon sticks on Canson paper.


Markers and dry pastels on colored, textured paper.

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Another eyedropper creation. Took all of about one minute.

This is based on a favorite old photo of my great-nephew Linus. This makes him look older and indeed he’s a much bigger boy now but still carries that look of wonder on his face. Alway a curious little guy.

I like the simple black and white here. But, I’m tempted to colorize it using either pastels or digitally. What do you think?

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(7″ x 10″ india ink on plain paper using an eyedropper)
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(Here is his reference photo.)


Follow Me

Keeping it simple. Dabbling in black and red ink—applied using eyedroppers.

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(10″ x 7″ india ink on plain paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.