A new month has begun in The Painted Diaries and the theme is mark making. Time to get out my sumi ink and special brush that I have hardly touched since I bought them for a cartooning class three years ago. After so much exuberant colour last month, I’m looking forward to the simplicity of black & white!
This first day, I put on some meditative music and took my brush for a wander around the page. I was amazed how with one dip of the brush, the ink lasted and lasted. This brush has special powers!
While I would mostly like to work with my bottle of sumi ink, I realised that I need a travel friendly version for when I am out and about. These two pages were made at the doodle cafe with my Pentel brush pen.
Making spirals always makes me think of Lynda Barry. When I attended her ‘Writing the Unthinkable’ workshop back in 2016, we started each session slowly drawing a spiral in our composition books.
Pressing the brush down
I love how the same action creates a very different mark when the brush starts to dry out!
These marks appeared in my doodles while I was on the telephone:
I love the way the brush left its mark at the top of these strokes!