Wet Into

Another way of using the flat head brush and other brushes is to paint wet into wet. This is a process which again has its own beautiful life force. To make a wet into wet mark, dampen your paper (the wetter the paper is the more the mark will spread of its own accord).

1/ A wet area has been left on the paper. The ink-loaded brush has then been allowed to touch this wet area to create a flower-like spreading effect. Either a round head or Oriental brush can be used to achieve this. 2/ The paper is not as wet as in the previous example, but the same brush is used. The paper has been touched repeatedly. Lines have also been drawn across the paper. You can observe that the spreading is not so radical as in 1.

3/ The flat head brush has been used here, and the conditions are the same as in 2 except that we have immediately blotted the drawing with another piece of paper to stop the ink spreading.

4/ The paper is not as wet as in the previous examples and is only damp. The flat head brush loaded with ink has been placed on the paper on its flat broad side to make the marks. You can see that the spread of ink is very limited and more congealed. These types of marks should be used to imply textures or objects such as flowers.

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