Brilliant Inks

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating in Vivid Color - Draw, Paint, Print, and More!

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Pub Date 05 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 21 Jul 2022

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Discover a world filled with vibrant color and creative possibilities as you explore an array of painting, drawing, printing, and lettering techniques and styles using vivid colors of artist’s ink.

In Brilliant Inks, artist, illustrator, and top Skillshare teacher Anna Sokolova shares her own unique methods that get the most out of this versatile medium. With her guidance, create beginner-friendly florals and foliage, animals, still lifes, figures and portraits, and hand lettering.

Learn about the various types of inks and the best tools and surfaces to use with them. Then, try basic techniques such as color mixing, creating visual texture, negative painting, and splattering.

Work with a variety of brushes, dip pens, and droppers to get different looks, and see how adding common household supplies such as salt and bleach can create the most amazing effects.

Use these methods in lessons designed to improve skills and boost confidence. Be inspired to make projects such as a bracelet, paper art dolls, a tote bag, and a decorated book. Full instructions and templates make projects fun and stress free.

This incredible material offers so much that’s waiting to be discovered:
  • Vivid monotypes made in minutes using a combination of painting and printmaking methods
  • Custom palettes created with unique blended colors
  • Watercolor-like translucent washes and opaque silhouettes
  • Techniques for creating beautiful motifs using simple brushstrokes and patterns.
Begin your colorful journey today with Brilliant Inks and see how far your creativity can go!

Perfect for all skill levels, the books in the Art for Modern Makers series take a fun, practical approach to learning about and working with paints and other art mediums to create beautiful DIY projects and crafts.
Discover a world filled with vibrant color and creative possibilities as you explore an array of painting, drawing, printing, and lettering techniques and styles using vivid colors of artist’s ink.


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Beautiful book, such lovely images, that I can’t wait to try to recreate.

Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.

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Brilliant Inks by Anna Sokolova
5 Stars

I was excited to hear that Anna has a new book out. I've taken a few classes from the artist & illustrator, Anna Sokolova, on Skillshare. Her flowers and adorable animals are my favorite. I'm impressed with her stress-free teaching style. If you make a mistake, try again.

Brilliant Inks is a vibrant book with beautiful ink illustrations. There are step-by-step directions with picture instructions from cover-to-cover. Even the warm-up exercises are visually appeasing.

This book covers a wide variety of information, in bite-sized pieces, that didn't overwhelm me. Anna covers different types of inks, color theory, gradients and ink washes. She shows us how to mix colors, what paper use, and has a brushes and tools section that covers why each item is needed. The warm-up exercises were relaxing and art projects were achievable. I'm not so sure I could create a mandala. The tips were helpful, and I loved the reference pictures that were included in the back of the book.

All in all, Brilliant Inks delivered and I'm inspired to start trying a few new techniques. I'd recommend this book for creative people wanting to improve their inking game.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed about an Anna Sokolova multimedia book using watercolors and inks together. 😊

Thank you, NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group, for providing me with a digital ARC for an honest review.

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My imagination-came-true kind of watercolor guidebook!

I don't know how the team did it but this book is everything for someone who loves watercolor art.

Every page is worth swooning upon. The presentation of each page is what surprised me. The inclusion of real pictures of the colours and the basic art of each style described are the highlights for me.

The tips and the tricks given really work well when I tried them on my journal while reading the book. The types of brush to be used are described well.

Keep this book with you. It will become quite handy and useful while you're planning a project or just to design your journal/diary entries.

Worth it.

Thank you, Quarto Publishing Group - Quarry, for the advance review copy.

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This is a lovely watercolour book and watercolour pictures are beautiful. I love how there are templates at the back you can use . Brilliant inks shows you how to watercolour mushrooms, flowers and many more. It’s handy book that you can keep going back to.
Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book

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A whimsical guide to all sorts of inks, and the different ways an artist can use them. Does not touch on the trending use of alcohol inks, which is a little disappointing.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. (via Netgalley)

This was a fun read! Covered a number of techniques and tutorials. Makes me want to buy some ink and start experimenting.

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Brilliant Inks is a breathtaking book filled with well written tutorials. The pictures were excellent and the instructions were easy to follow. I highly suggest this book. it would make an awesome gift for any artist interested in trying inks.

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