Ink and Brush Strategies are the hidden secrets of artists who use those two materials. There are a variety of techniques that can be used to control the value of ink when using these tools, as well as various brush strokes that can be employed with a brush. These strategies will help you create depth and texture in your work while creating interesting variations in colour for your painting or drawing.
An artist who is using brush and ink will often control the value of the ink by, mixing colours on a palette to create darker tones for shadows. Using lighter shades in areas with less contrast or where detail won’t be as noticeable.
Substituting white gouache paint for any black that appears in your work, which allows you to soften harsh transitions between light and shadowed areas (or vice versa).
For example, when painting a portrait make sure you use plenty of white gouache over dark skin tones. You can mix it up more subtly if need be but having too much colour being lost from dark to highlight values will cause an uneven finish with potentially undesirable results.