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Drawing in Black & White by Deborah Velasquez

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Exercise 21: SUMI BRUSH WRITING

IN THIS EXERCISE, YOU WILL DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF YOUR OWN HANDWRITING USING A SUMI BRUSH. THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO ADD WORDS TO PIECES YOU CREATE OR MAKE WORD ART THAT STANDS ALONE. EXPRESS YOURSELF IN YOUR LINES, STROKES, AND CURVING MARKS—THIS IS YOUR EXPRESSIVE FLOW. THE RHYTHM OF YOUR HAND AS YOU WORK AND THE LETTERS YOU MAKE IN PRINT OR CURSIVE IS CALLED “YOUR HANDWRITING,” “YOUR HAND,” OR “YOUR STYLE.”

MATERIALS

Newspaper or large craft paper

Black gouache or acrylic ink

Palette

Inexpensive brush for mixing

Sumi brush (I use a 2, 4, or 6.)

30 or more sheets copy paper

A favorite quotation or word

Watercolor paper for final work

1. Cover your work space with newspaper or large craft paper.

2. Put a few ...

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