loose line and wash technique (often drawn with a matchstick instead of a pen)
produces paintings with more detail than the pure watercolours, and are
preferred by some collectors. In these paintings the ink line is dominant and
the watercolour washes play a supporting role.
are two approaches to line and wash – a pencil drawing overlaid with
watercolour washes and then the drawing inked in once the washes are dry or the
approach I use which is to draw straight in with an ink line and hatching and
then to apply watercolour washes when the ink is dry.
demonstrate my approach to Impressionistic Line and Wash in my DVD of that title.
example of the two stages of this approach is shown here.
- Line Drawing
- Line and