Wednesday, February 17, 2021

What's Your Background?

Let’s Sketch!

Sunday, February 14

12 PM - 3 PM CST

Hosted by 

Anna Rappaport,  Gail Dokucu, and Urban Sketchers Chicago

This week’s theme is brought to us by Anna Rappaport, back for her second round of guest hosting! Thank you, Anna!

Here’s what Anna has written for us.


We get interesting drawings by using different papers or layers under our drawings. 

These may include: 

  • a light wash of ink or watercolor, 
  • collage, use of colored drawing paper, 
  • drawing on a page from a book, 
  • drawing on ledger paper, etc. 

I particularly like using water soluble ink for the wash.

One of the things I enjoy with using different backgrounds is that it is unpredictable what will happen. Choose a different background or two and experiment. I encourage you to use something different from what you normally use. 

Some hints:

  • If you use a wash, a light wash is better.
  • If you use collage, you can put clear watercolor ground on top of it and then draw or paint easily on the wash.
  • If you want white on colored paper or over a collage or wash, you can use an opaque white (like Daler Rowney PROWHITE) or gouache.
  • Drawing on black or dark paper works well if you draw with white or a light color.
  • Torn newspaper and security envelopes are good collage materials.

Select a subject that fits USk rules. Share your work Sunday, February 21. Please include #uskchicago and #uskathome  on your posts to Facebook and Instagram.

Banner Sketch by Anna Rappaport

A reminder that we are back to following USK Global's posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos

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