Using Chinese Ink Techniques in Watercolors

IDEAS – Using Chinese Ink Techniques in Watercolours

Contributed by Li Ching, Leach

There are many overlaps between watercolour and Chinese Ink. While not everything is transferable due to the difference in the materials used, Chinese Ink has a beautiful simplicity and energy that makes for fresh, dynamic and loose watercolours. For example, a bamboo leaf can be painted by a controlled stroke of the brush, a tree trunk through an energetic dry brush, a lotus by pressing the brush head carefully in situ.

I have tried to show how economical Chinese Ink style can be through this step-by-step illustrated tutorial on how to paint a Snail. I hope you try it!

I'm using Sennelier paints with Escoda brushes and Sakura Micron pens.

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