Introduction to ink with Deborah Petch

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Location: West Dean
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About this course

An introduction to the fluid and versatile qualities of ink, a medium that bridges the gap between drawing and painting. Learn to control and allow the ink to flow to produce a variety of exciting outcomes.

Course Description

Ink is a combination of carbon and water plus a binder to make it adhere to the paper. It is a fluid drawing medium and bridges the gap between drawing and painting. Learn how to control the ink and allow it to flow to produce a variety of exciting outcomes.

The course will begin with a series of experiments that will form a reference library in the form of a mini sketchbook of techniques. You will learn about the properties of ink and how it behaves using a range of methods and tools to encourage a variety of effects and a language of mark-making outcomes.

Once you have experimented with how this drawing medium behaves, you will go outside into the grounds of West Dean for inspiration. You will start small scale, progressing to a larger scale (A2), gradually gaining confidence with the expressive nature of the medium and the variety of marks you can make. You will look at tone, line, form and composition and how to make a suggestion of the landscape you see through the marks you make.

At the end of the course, you will have produced a mini sketchbook of techniques and transferred these skills into direct observational drawing from the landscape at West Dean. You will have learnt about the joy of ink, its fluidity and unpredictability that leads to surprising results. You will have worked outdoors and embraced scale, through starting small and advancing to a larger more expressive piece of work.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The College will supply most materials required for the course including some cartridge paper 300gsm and some watercolour paper, blotting paper, 1.5 inch brush, ½ inch brush, glue spreader, pipettes, black Indian ink per student and some Quink ink, white ink, masking tape and gummed tape to share amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • A variety of brushes you may have including a decorators brush, small water spritzer, mark-making materials such as lace, feathers, leaves, sticks, string, sponges, toothbrush, old credit card, 3 glass jam jars with lids.
  • Please wear clothes you do not mind getting ink on and layers suitable for going outside.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials including a selection of inks, papers and drawing materials.

Additional information

You will be working outdoors for a period of time. Please bring layers of clothing appropriate to the weather.


Deborah Petch

Deborah Petch studied locally at Brighton University and University of Chichester. Her masters degree culminated in a series of large scale abstract paintings which all evolved from drawing and printmaking processes. Deborah is primarily concerned with the exploration of being in the world which she expresses through her artwork. She enjoys working outdoors on ancient sites where the weather, sense of place and nuances of the past all influence her work. Deborah has worked with Arts Council England, Pallant House Gallery and University of Chichester. She has exhibited throughout the UK.

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