ACEO, a tiny work of art only 3.5" by 2.5") this week and am going to share the WIP (work in progress) with you.
The surface I use for my miniature art is 10 ply Cotton Illustration Board. The board is 1/8” thick (about 10x thicker than a sheet of printer paper) and has a slight “tooth” (a bit of roughness that allows pigment to adhere).
The Ink drawing
Once I have the composition for my miniature painting all worked out, I gently draw out my idea on the Illustration Board in pencil. I then carefully ink in the painting. For years I used very expensive and temperamental Rapidiograph technical pens, but have since discovered Sakura Micron Pigma pens. These great little disposable technical pens have many different size nibs (points) and use archival ink which means the pigment will last for generations.
I consider my ink drawing the “bones” of a painting. The ink is permanent and will show through all my consequent layers of colored pencil, so it needs to be exact!
The next step in my painting process is laying in washes of color. Here I've used diluted India ink.
The layers of pencil
Enjoy and keep checking back to this post for more steps to "Happy Tree Frog"
Update, Saturday Sept 10th:
Today I think I am finished with the leaf my little frog is sitting on. Happy Saturday, everyone!