Inky florals

Inky florals painted with food colour!
It's been a busy few weeks and amongst other things I've had a few freelance jobs on the go.  One of which has been an inky floral design for textile application.  The final artwork was to be black and white, but I painted the original artwork using blue food colour! 

I experimented with a few different inks, but I really liked the effect of the food colour and decided to paint the flowers using the blue food colour, and alter the finished artwork to black and white on the computer.

I've painted with food colour before - and it gives surprisingly good results!  You can mix the four basic colours they come in (yellow, blue, red and green) and the added bonus is you can bleach out food colour, which you can't do with many professional artists inks.  It's amazing the results you can acheive from a little bit of experimentation with a kitchen cupboard staple. 

1 comment:

  1. That's so interesting! When I think of food colour, I immediately think of stained hands and a big mess, but I didn't realize how lovely they would look when treated as an ink. I'm amazed by the depth you were able to show with them in each petal. Lovely!