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To add ink or not to add ink? That is the question.

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I have to admit, I sometimes don’t know the right answer to this question. Most often my style is to work in watercolor and add details in ink. But sometimes I hesitate to add the ink details.

When I think about, the occasions where I question adding ink, are when I’ve added a lot of details in watercolor – a lot of layers. Sometimes the decision is easy. The painting looks finished, like these donuts. Other times I’m not sure – like the cupcake above.

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Adding the ink is definitely a different look. Just watercolor is softer and sometimes more realistic looking. Adding ink looks more illustrated, more whimsical. Like this cup of cappuccino and this ice cream sundae.

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One thing is for sure – once a line of ink is added, there’s no turning back. I often think of scanning and printing a painting and adding ink details to the printout. This way I can make sure I like it before touching the original painting.

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A home for my cupcake painting

 The one negative to painting and drawing a lot, is that those paintings and drawings pile up. I do hang some of them up, but most end up in a drawer. Good thing I don’t work on canvas that much. 

So when a friend said “I want it!” in response to my cupcake post on Instagram, I said, “It’s yours!” It’s nice that this painting has a home and isn’t stuck in a drawer.