I’ve tried watercolor before with frustration (I’m still too impatient) but I hadn’t tried using an ink wash so that’s what I set out to do this week! This bird wasn’t featured in the ABC newsletter (mentioned last time) but I had already sketched it out from before; it is a black-capped chickadee chosen for a friend (original image found here).
My first take was with pen only but I wasn’t as thrilled about the result as with my barn owl.
I re-sketched the little bird and pulled out my old calligraphy ink. I only have black, blue, green, and red, so I was unable to get the yellowish hues. But for my first attempt, I give myself a passing grade!