Black ink is great for the initial, dip pen drawing while painting during musical performances.  The black lines bring the color to life.  Colored inks, on the other hand, become part of the color scheme, bleeding into the watercolor and often separating into the various colored pigments that they are made from.  Below are examples of the watercolor bringing out the red in Waterman Havana Brown Ink.

Jeffrey Hills playing Tuba (Sousaphone), SteelStacks Cabaret, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Ernie Elly on Drums, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Havana Brown is beautiful on its own, too.

Frederick Lonzo, Mark Braud, Charlie Gabriel
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Another example of the ink bleed into the yellows, blues and purples.

Sketches:  Drawn first with dip pen using Waterman Havana Brown Ink, followed by watercolor

I was passing the time away before the performance began…..

Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces

In reality, the blast furnaces are wonderfully dark and ominous looking rather than light and bright as I show them here.  The early evening light struck the metal and gave it a bit of a glow.  I find the dip pen gives a different character to sketchbook drawings.  I usually use a fountain pen in sketchbooks.

At the last minute I grabbed the sample vial of Waterman Havana Brown and tossed it into my bag.  It was the only ink I used the whole night.  I’m a bit surprised at how much red bled out of the ink ….. but I rather like it.

Sketchbook drawing: drawn first with dip pen followed by slight variations of watercolor mix using cadmium lemon, vermillion and cerulean blue.