This week I played around with using watercolour and ink seperately and then together. I began making a koi tattoo design using black ink on paper.
This was drawn in my sketchbook.
Then I thought I’d have a go at doing a proper watercolour koi carp. I love the way watercolour spreads when it’s wet in wet and I thought that would look great with the spots you get on the back of some of the fish.
I got this all painted but the style was really loose and impressionistic. My son liked it but I couldn’t tolerate it. It’s odd because I love it when others are quite free in their work but I can’t stand it in mine. So I began to tighten it up with ink. I liked it much more this way with the black ink supplying a strong boundary and contrast for the more impressionistic red watercolour spots. I’m not totally happy with the result but it was fun having a go. Maybe I should try to let things be more free?
Here’s the final picture…