Ink birds in progress.

Here you can see the different stages how I create & paint the ink birds.  

First of all I always start a new piece of work by painting the background. It's just something scary and not very inspiring with a totally white canvas. -or in this case; a blank piece of paper.   

From the left: a bottle of ink and its cork, a tiny brush, and the fresh painted surface. This time I used watercolor paper instead of canvas.

From the left: a bottle of ink and its cork, a tiny brush, and the fresh painted surface. This time I used watercolor paper instead of canvas.

Step two:  

After painting "a couple" of birds, I now usually just line up their heads and beaks before I start working the ink. As you can see here the beaks are very thin, so yes, -you've guessed right; I use a very, very, very thin brush. 

There's no way back now...

There's no way back now...

Step three: 

Now I have to work fast. I paint the rest of their bodies and feathers with ink, before the chlorine gets to do its job. -And then magic starts to happen...

Voila. Two new ink birds have been born. 

Voila. Two new ink birds have been born. 

Step four: 

This is the boring&crazy bit of this whole progress. Boring - because I have to wait for everything to dry.... and Crazy - because that's how I feel after painting thin, black contours around every line with me super-tiny extra small brush for an hour or three. (depends on the size of the work) My eyes hurt and the studio smells like a public swimming hall. But hey, I've made some more ink birds, and they always make me smile. : )

These two deserved a beautiful silver frame. 

These two deserved a beautiful silver frame.