Keeping the candle lit

Produced this a few months ago and then put it aside with the idea that I might come back to it and work on an improved version but so far that hasn’t happened.

For me, the main criticism is the “blotchiness” of the ink. Not entirely sure what the problem is here. It could be the paper; this was done on a cheap pulp paper and so I wonder whether a better quality paper might improve matters. It could also be the application technique – the ink was applied wet-on-dry and the ink seems to dry very quickly. The same problem has arisen is other ink washes that I’ve made, like this one and this one.  Before I do another of these I need to understand what the problem is here.

3 thoughts on “Keeping the candle lit

  1. First of all, I loved the artwork.
    Now about your problem, the two reasons that you gave are both applicable here. One solution which I can suggest is this, before doing the ink wash, first wet the area that you want to cover in ink. Let the area dry slightly, and then do a thick ink wash. That will sort out your problem.

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