“Am I done?” “How do I know if I am done?” These are good questions that we all ask ourselves. The answer is “Are you happy with your painting?” Take a break, close your journal. Later, take a fresh look at your painting. Does it need a little something else? Is it lacking a “je ne sais quoi?” This is when I enhance my paintings with pen and ink. This adds dimension and compliments the watercolor. There are several ways to go about adding pen and ink to a painting. The drawing can be drawn first with ink and then painted over with washes of color. I prefer to paint my watercolor painting first then add my ink lines.
Take a close look at this painting from my watercolor art journal. You will see how I added pen and ink to the little French hilltop village.
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Here are more examples of how I add pen and ink to painting in my journals: