Working In Acrylic Ink: A Daily Sketchbook Practice
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Begin a daily painting practice on an unconventional canvas: a bound book. Accomplished painter Missy Dunaway takes you through a month-long series of classes progressing from simple exercises to advanced paintings. Working with acrylic inks, you'll begin by breaking down compositions into simple steps, learning how to block out your image, apply acrylic ink in layers, and gradually add detail and complexity to render colorful and expressive images. Whether you're new to painting or have an established practice, Missy's prompts encourage you to explore materiality and record places - both familiar and foreign - in an artful, visual diary.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 5x8 1/4" Moleskine "Sketchbook line" notebook (periwinkle wrapper)
  • Acrylic ink in a variety of colors; Missy uses F&W brand in the following colors: Indigo, Rowney Blue, Process Cyan, Turquoise, Dark Green, Light Green, Lemon Yellow or Brilliant Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Indian Yellow, Crimson, Scarlet or Flame Red, Process Magenta, Burnt Umber, White (two jars)
  • Kolinsky Sable Round Brushes (Winsor & Newton or Raphael brand) or synthetic equivalent in sizes 1 - 16
  • Cotton rag
  • B&J Masters brush cleaner
  • Rubber gum eraser
  • Pencil
  • Straw
  • Dip pen with clean globe nib
  • Heat gun or hair dryer (optional)
  • Two jars water
Downloads:
Learn how to:
  • Paint and layer with acrylic inks
  • Create washes and layers
  • Apply acrylic ink with a dip pen
  • Work in a sketchbook
  • Create a composition for painting
  • Determine proportions in a painting,
  • Utilize distressed brushes
  • Paint using a reference directly or indirectly
  • Work on a painting over multiple days

What you'll get:
  • A 30-day series of easy-to-follow video lessons on how to work with acrylic inks to create diaristic paintings
  • 31 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step instructions from artist Missy Dunaway
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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204 users recommended this class to a friend
Norma Jeane Norma
Missy has really encouraged me to be more brave - mixing colors on the page, bold brush strokes, and strong colors in my underpaintings. Thank you.
October 24, 2022
Lorelei L
Missy has a calm, encouraging manner and an incredibly deep knowledge base from her education and experience. I’m so grateful she took the time to make this class! I am already using what I learned about layout, color choice, how to break complex subjects down into manageable parts, and how to persevere.
More than 3 months ago
Shannon
Thank you so much Missy. I had been trying to decide between using gouache or acrylic gouache but both had limitations. You opened my eyes to how acrylic inks are so much more flexible than gouache. I learned so much about how acrylic inks work, color mixing and techniques from watching you paint.
More than 3 months ago