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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 10

Q&A: Inks that Smudge Question and Answers from the Keltic Knots Course

Dear Aidan,
I think I could do better if I used an erasable pencil grid and colored it in with felt pens, as they don't smudge like ink does.  - C.

Dear C,
you are doing fine with the pen and ink. Smudging is to be understood and overcome, not avoided. Better to be able to work cleanly in any medium, rather than be restricted to one medium that doesn't smear.

The trick is to keep your hands off the work. First, place a scrap of paper under your hand so as to protect the surface of the artwork from the oils in your skin.

Second, keep a scrap of paper to the side, and scratch the nib on it from time to time, to check ink flow. In warm atmosphere, a fountain pen will flood. Wipe the nib occasionally, too. Keep a linen rag handy.

If you do not want your dots to show through in the final, try drawing the dots with a finer pen than the one you use to draw the lines. Then the line will swallow the dot.  If the grid shows, this just  means you are using the right method.  -  Aidan

 

Art: copyright Aidan Meehan 1983
 

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
All Rights Reserved
10.02.01edition
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