Having seen the pictographs and petroglyphs in the southwest of the US, I had a few photos and postcards to use as reference for these watercolor and ink trials. It was fun to put down the watercolor background, using some granulating colors; then put the ink down to "carve" into the background rocks :) These won't last as long as the originals out in the southwest, but they were fun to do.
I think the ink on this one is too intense and clean - perhaps I will go over it with a bit of sandpaper, to scrape away some of the black and make it look more aged.
A background with a touch of blue added.
I didn't see any hands on the southwestern rock paintings - but I did see some of the Australian aborigines when I visited there. Of course, they either painted their hands with the color and pressed them on, or placed their hands on the rock face and then blew the paint around the hand, outlining it.
More to come tomorrow. And my thanks again to Maggie Latham, who got this whole ink and watercolor thing started! If you're interested in using ink with your watercolors, go over to Maggie's blog (see my sidebar for her blog) and try out some techniques.