Cedar Raven


Lately I’ve been scouring the internet on a search for sites that discuss using acrylic inks. I’ve run across very few informative sites *Boo Hiss* as most artists only indicate whether it was a medium used.I thought I would share some of the better ones.

I use FW Daler Rowney inks myself and found this wonderful resource about this brand. FW Liquid Acrylic Ink information, hints and tips at http://www.studioarts.co.uk/links/hintsandtips/acrylicsfwliquidacrylicink.htm This site also includes a demonstration and a handy chart.

A fellow member of EDM, Wendy Shortland
http://quirkyartist.blogspot.com, has also worked in acrylic inks and offers a demo here http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=239377&highlight=hibiscus plus a couple of links to artists she learned from: Lyn Buchart whose paintings can be see here http://www.lynbutchart.com.au/gallery/aquatic.htm, and Rae Andrews http://www.yessy.com/raeandrews 

As you can see my acrylic ink website pot doth not runneth over, however the real KICKER of my searches is that I have found an artist who currently works in acrylic inks and only lives 15 minutes away!!


Hum along everyone

“It’s a small world after all . . .”


Gee. Thank you Sherry! I’m touched!

This is a pass it forward type of award and the rules are to post with links to
blogs you love. Hmmmmm…. Considering  I am new to EDM (Dec 31/07)
and have yet to really explore the blogs offered by its members methinks I
will need to turn to those on EDM who’s work inspires me.

Ok, here I go (In an alphabetical and organized type manner):

The Queen of Crosshatch. The Dutchess of Detail. Love her work.

Oooo, what this girl can do with pencil crayons!

I adore the fantasy and the whimsy. She is extremely successful with both.

I don’t think she has ever had a bad drawing.

Expressive. Love what she does with simple lines and colour hits.

Artistically, I think we have a lot in common. I would have loved to
have sat next to her in art class. What a challenge.

There is a wonderful sense of humour in her work. She is fabulously

I envy her artistic “space” right now. It’s all flowing out at an amazing
pace. She is also very helpful and supportive, like Sherry.

This girl can draw! I am also very impressed with how much she works,
and how she promotes her work.  

I admire that she shares her struggles and brillant successes. Definitely an inspiration as she demonstrates very well that you must work, work, work for the “brilliant” to happen.

I am impressed with how she translates thoughts and ideas into a visual. 

who tagged me with the “ Love you this much”  award,
and whom I would immediately award back for her support, and experimental spirit. I do look forward to all she produces, as I find her processes usually
very informative and interesting.

For being supportive. And, as he knows, I’m a fan of his darks.

The participation rules are simple:

1. If you get tagged (and want to play along), write a post with links to blogs that you love,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.


I had this lovely surface which I want to play with this weekend, and here are the results! I wish I had scanned in the surface before I painted on it, but I sort of forgot to as I was concentrating rather hard on just how I was going to apply the acrylic inks, and if I was going to limit my palette etc, etc. (I had recently added blue and yellow to my inks collection, and as I really cannot resist new art materials the inevitable choice was to use them all! )

Creating the heavily textured surface involves applying acrylic gel to a canvas board (can also be done on a stretched canvas), soaking paper (ie watercolour paper) larger than the board, then laying the paper on the board, lining up the edges, and shaping/manipulating the paper for a raised texture. Here I manipulated the paper to form a tree. It was sheer luck that the paper also formed a lovely raised shadow. The gel itself contributed to the texture of the grassy areas.    

Now, if you don't get the gel on the front of the watercolour paper you can use it for watercolours. Othewise, use acrylics or markers, pencils, pastels, etc. I used only acrylic inks  for this painting.

 You can use any acid free paper (or material), any weight (just lengthens or shortens the soaking times), or tissue paper which you don't soak. Smooth paper, like cardstock gives you nice stiff peaks. Softer paper, like tissuepaper, gives a smaller more delicate or fine texture (which can be observed in this painting.)

Use a heavy gel medium for less water content and quicker drying time. (Gesso is not a sealer.) But you should use a sealer or varnish upon completion.

If you wish to comment on this painting go back up to the top of the picture.

Thanks for looking!

Dales Totem 02/17/2008

2008/02/15 Just finished Friday. *whew* This one took a week and a bit to do. The fourth of 6 pieces slated for a show. I've got one more to paint (from scratch), and one more to finish! 8.5 in. x11 in. watercolours and acrylic inks on canson cold press 140 lb.


It rained today! We have 6 ft high heaps of snow on each side of our driveway and it rains! Stay at home weather to be sure! And PERFECT for painting or catching up on some EDMs! Watercolours and acrylic inks.


"Waseosa Waiting"

2008/02/10 Usually I have something everyday (like an EDM) to post, but I have been working away on this instead. My 2008 goal is to work for 300 or more days this year. So far, I am 38 out of 40! (Yay me!) This water colour and acrylic ink painting was done from a photograph I took a week ago today on Lake Waseosa. 8.5"x11"

Potted 02/06/2008


2008/02/06 I painted 4 of these watercolours today. This is the least disastrous of them all. I did discover some things I very much liked, so that was worth 2 full sheets of Canson 140 lb cold press I'm sure! 10"x15" (half sheet)

On High 02/05/2008

EDM # 142 draw something hot

Hey! Who turned on my sketchbook? (I suspect the toothbrush.) Even though the shadows are more decorative than right, I'm happy with this one. (The colour is actually more intense in the original) Pencil crayons, acrylic ink, pigma micron marker 02 black.


EDM # 92 draw a paper bag

Applied a layer of charcoal first then used an eraser to create the hilights. Botched the background so covered with acrylic (purple...slim choices to be had) I don't mind the top of the bag, but the bottom looks very flat.

Call 911 02/04/2008

EDM # 39

2008/02/04 Medium failure. Sure, thats what happened. This thing was no longer breathing on its own. First I applied watercolour, then pencil crayon, a injection of acrylic ink, more water colour, and a final black pigma micron 02.......*CLEAR*.......beep beep beep hummmmmm...

You can only do so much, then you have to pull the plug.