I bought a red cabbage and when I was cooking, it turned the water blue.. which reminded me of an experiment we did at school.. the juice from the cabbage has an interesting property – it turns red in the presence of an acid and blue in the presence of an alkali.
I was feeling creative yesterday – this started off as acrylic painted onto a canvas, with more detail added with inks.
This technique is working well for me – I love the textures you get with acrylic and the way you can almost mould it with a palette knife – but I struggle with control and subtlety as the cheap acrylics I can afford tend to clump and are too bright and plasticcy – it’s very had to get any sort of natural warmth from them.
Using inks on top of the acrylics (a mixture of windsor and newton and quink) is a good way to bring a bit more depth and detali in – you can of course use a really fine brush or dip pen with the inks, and they have a better quality of colour – less “new” looking.
I may have gone a bit overboard with the gold ink, but I wanted my elder god to look shiny!