Painting using Quink Ink and Bleach with Eleanor Mann
Quink is water soluble, even after it has dried it can be reconstituted with water. When water is added to ink already on the paper, it sometimes separates into its component colours of blues and yellows. Quink can also be diluted with water to achieve a range of tones.
1) Make a line drawing, softening the lines either before it has dried or afterwards.
2) Use it like watercolour to paint a tonal picture.
3) Use the ink to paint a flat wash then using bleach and a dip pen draw your chosen design onto the dry wash. You may need several applications of bleach to remove the ink. (see Basilica, below)
4) Depending on the effect you wish to create you can use the ink directly on dry paper or, you can wet the paper first.
Similarly, if bleach is applied to wet ink the effect will be soft edged. If the ink has been left to dry then the bleach will create a hard edge.
The ink dries by absorption - quickly! So if you are working wet-in-wet, work fast, and think about your brush marks, make them represent whatever you are trying to paint.
The bleach I use is ordinary household bleach. This can also be diluted with water to achieve a variety of tones when used with the ink.
I use brushes and dip-pens to apply both the ink and the bleach, depending of the effect I am trying to achieve. Do not use good brushes in bleach though, it 'eats' them.
Other materials to experiment with are sponges, wax crayons, spray bottles and masking fluid.
To reserve white highlights these areas can be masked before you begin. (see web in Teasel and Web, above top)
Like watercolour, these techniques work best if you relinquish a bit of control allowing the ink, water and bleach to paint the picture for you. I try not to have preconceived ideas about how a picture will turn out. The painting could be heading for the fire or it can suddenly come together and turn into something more amazing than anything I could have planned.