These ink paintings started off as a quick bit of experimentation, with no real aim or expectations. I was just creating for the sake of creating. The longer I sat with a brush in my hand, the more mark making techniques I discovered, and then I somehow had a whole table of work in front of me.

I only used black ink but it separated and changed colour depending on the amount of water loaded onto the brush.

The paper is Canson XL Watercolour. The quality is great but I’m not a fan of the texture — I prefer smoother papers or those without linear ridges. An online art shop sent the pad in error and didn’t want it back, so I stashed it away for a random day. I didn’t give the paper much thought because this was never supposed to be “a project”.

I haven’t painted aimlessly in a long time but I’m glad I did because I’ve created some interesting patterns and textures. The process of continually painting circles using a brush engorged with ink was also quite meditative. But most of all, it was just fun!


  • Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi
  • Brush: Syntetpensel Raphael SoftAqua 805 (2)
  • Paper: Canson XL Watercolour Paper Pad (300gsm)