I love using re-inkers mixed with acrylic glaze medium as my paint in wabi-sabi work. I discovered re-inkers several years ago and was amazed at the rich colors they provided. I immediately began painting with them on small wood panels. I discovered after a while that the re-inkers tended to sink into the wood and that the colors didn’t stay vivid. After I recovered from my disappointment, I came up with the idea of mixing the re-inker color with acrylic glaze medium to make the paint film stronger. It worked! The combination of the medium and re-inker produced gorgeous paint layers that didn’t fade. From now on when I refer to re-inker glaze, that’s my shorthand for re-inkers mixed with acrylic glaze medium. You’ll find that the re-inker colors are so rich that you need to use less than you might think when you make your re-inker glaze. Experiment with earth colors, bright colors and light re-inker colors. A spot of vivid color can bring an earth-toned piece to life, while a contrasting light color can give a subtle glow when applied over a light area of your piece.
In the following project you’ll create an atmospheric piece reminiscent of an old oil painting. Grab your favorite re-inker colors, glaze medium and brushes—and go!
What you’ll need:
- Acrylic glaze medium
- pre-gessoed canvas or board
- Re-inkers- Slate, Denim, Rust, Lettuce, Butterscotch, Plum
- Paper towels
Wabi Sabi Wisdom
• Remember to use the glaze medium with the re-inker color.
• Let each layer dry before you add the next one.
• It’s fine to mix re-inker colors to create custom colors.
• Start with a light-colored layer; you can always make it darker.
• Alternating warm and cool colors yields a
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