KARA HAMMOND: ITINERANT ARTS

Gallery and blog for the art of Kara Hammond

Hand studies in ink

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(Vintage fountain pen ink, Carter’s washable blue, circa 1950. On watercolor paper, 11″x14″, 2021)

These drawings are made mostly using a variety of artist-made or found vintage inks. The handmade inks include oak gall, walnut, and acorn-iron, hand picked and rendered from the artist’s farm, as well as studio-made copper oxide and titanium white. The vintage inks are mid-20th century, and have been rescued from our farm storage outbuildings.

The series began early in 2021 as a practice of drawing a hand a day. As in a net sport like volleyball or badminton, the intent has been to keep the thing in the air for as long as possible. So far, it’s been nearly two months. These are the best examples.

(Sumi ink on watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″, 2021)

(Hand foraged oak gall ink, and tea, on watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″, 2021)

(Hand foraged oak gall and titanium white inks, with coffee and tea, on watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″, 2021)

(Coffee and tea, with a brush, on watercolor paper)

These quick drawings use vintage sumi ink and brush.

The drawings above use a combination of vintage fountain pen ink, hand foraged walnut ink, copper oxide, and tea.

The drawings above use sumi or walnut ink, and crosshatching.

These are made with tea.

(Oak gall ink wash and titanium white, 11″x 14″, 2021)

Vintage fountain pen ink. Foraged acorn ink with brush and dip pen.

Vintage fountain pen ink, brush and dip pen.
(Oak gall wash, coffee, and titanium white ink on watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″, 2021)
(Copper oxide, walnut ink, tea wash, titanium white ink, oak gall ink, on watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″, 2021)

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