Having seen with these willow pattern exercises how the layers do seem to build up quite nicely I wanted to make some simple works that might show this. Thinking back to some of the drawings I made using simple stain I wanted to make a similar work with each of the inks making one or two lines at a time and allowing them to dry in between, building up layers over time. The nature of the lines is inspired by those made when I have built up forms made from willow.
Here are the 3 works, along with the circles I made earlier, illustrating some of the qualities of the inks. I am quite pleased with the outcome of these works. I think they give a very clear sense of the building up of layers that somehow allude to the time taken in the making. All of them seem to have achieved nice clean edges to the marks that allow the unmarked white background to shine through, whilst each mark has a transparency which enhances the sense of depth. Each of the inks seem to have slightly different quality’s. There is definitely a smooth, velvety quality to the oak gall ink- it has a ‘richness’ to it, though I remain aware of the differences I identified in the making of each and hope that with some adjustments I can make a richer ink from the willow broom next time. I am a little sceptical of how much effect the willow bark has had in my mix, but I really like the build up of red/brown tones from the added iron. So, pleased with these, but definitely still things to work on.