Self Portrait: A Study in Acrylic Ink

I got the idea to try doing some good old sketching with a brush. I chose to use black acrylic ink instead of indian ink, because the acrylic ink isn’t dye-based, and therefore won’t fade like indian ink does. I have the distant idea of doing assemblage pieces in the future which may include handwriting and drawing, so acrylic ink, I thought, might be a good medium for this sort of thing.

Also, I am investigating methods which may be easier on the arthritis, and the brush has an advantage here, in the way it can be held gently, and doesn’t require any downward pressure for darker or bolder lines.

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