Acrylic Ink Painting: Capturing Complex Scenes
Advanced | 1 hour 55 min
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Join artist and world traveler, Missy Dunaway, on an advanced foray into sketchbook painting. In this class, Missy works with acrylic ink to render two complex scenes that capture the romance and nostalgia of the moment. In each painting, she mixes nuanced shades from a limited selection of colors and works in loads of detail. Missy shares her technique for mixing ink on the page, pushing and pulling elements until reaching the desired effect. Finally, she shows how to re-evaluate the darks and lights to pull the image into dazzling balance.
New to acrylic ink? Try out Missy’s beginner classes here on Creativebug.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Moleskin Sketchbook "Classic" - large size (do not use a watercolor sketchbook)
  • Acrylic ink in a variety of colors; Missy uses F&W brand in the following colors: Indigo, Rowney Blue, Process Cyan, Turquoise, Crimson, Flame Red, Scarlet, Process Magenta, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow, Sap Green, Dark Green, Burnt Umber, and 2 Whites
  • Kolinsky Sable Round Brushes (Winsor & Newton or Raphael brand) or synthetic equivalent in sizes 2 - 8
  • Cotton rag
  • Two jars water
  • Nib pen with globe nib (optional)
Learn how to:
  • Paint a complex daylight landscape
  • Break down compositions into masses of color
  • Work with acrylic ink out of the jar
  • Work in layers, painting lights on top of darks
  • Apply impressionistic color theory
  • Mix ink on the page
  • Work quickly, letting go of perfection and working with mistakes
What you'll get:
  • Step-by-step instruction on how to paint with acrylic inks to create a daytime scene with lots of light and shadows
  • 9 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • Expert instruction from Missy Dunaway
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Sarah Ogden
Fantastic! Enchanting. I was skeptical at first, with the base layer looking like a child drew them, but I see how that is the foundation of a great painting. I gathered a number of ideas to put into practice from this class, such as focusing on the dark and light points, exaggerating the color, and suggesting complex ideas simply.
September 15, 2022
Marilyn Silveroli
Excellent presentation. Wonderful work.
More than 3 months ago
Renee Lazorik
Thank you so much for making this class! It really helped me learn how to correct mistakes in my paintings and not freeze up and give up so easily. Enjoyed hearing your tips and tricks throughout the painting process. I will be coming back to all of your classes many times in the future to gain further insights on color and light and how they play on one another!!
More than 3 months ago