Ink spread sunburst by Richard G Witham

Ink spread design for the RB ink-spread/ink-drop mini challenge

I created this design with several coffee filters and vegetable dye. The landscape was made with two torn filters soaked in green water and a whole, round coffee filter placed on top that had been soaked in blue water. The sun-burst is an ink spread created with a drop of yellow and and a drop of red dye.

The photograph was taken from below a glass table with the coffee filters placed on the top surface of the glass and the camera pointed up from below.

I think what was missing from this experiment was a white background. I couldn’t find anything suitable for this, but I’ll keep looking. Part of the problem is that the white background would have to be set just above the coffee filters after the ink is dropped – one of those situations where I need another set of hands :-)

Olympus E-3, 20 mm, 1/60 Sec, f/6.3, ISO 100,

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My focus as a photographer and digital artist ranges from traditional photography to PhotoArt compilation and the less explored world of abstract design created with natural elements such as smoke, oil and water.

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  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    Wow I am captivated.. this series is simply sublime Richard.. wow and well wowie.. the process is so interesting and am in awe… just superb work

  • Thank you! Your comments are very encouraging :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 4 years ago

    beautiful Sabi, I wish this was a ceramic.

  • Thank you very much. I like the idea of a ceramic with these textures.

    – Richard G Witham

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago


  • What a wonderful idea Liz. Thank you!

    – Richard G Witham

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 4 years ago

    Me encantan tus experimentos.
    Esa idea de usar los filtros es ingeniosa. Quizás el fltro resulte demasiado grueso.
    La tinta es una maravilla, porque tiene vida con el agua y la textura del “papel”.
    Since I know myself I have been recurring to the sunsetting …and I love yours.
    Rosa (beautiful and interesting experiment….really I agree with Lina)

  • Muchas gracias Rosa. Quiero intentar esta misma técnica con otros papeles, quizás con toallas de papel. Tiene que ser algo poroso para que corre la tinta. (Lo intente con papel bond, pero no funcionó). La idea de usar filtros de papel viene de un video que puse RB para el challenge.
    Agradezco como siempre tu atención Rosa. Te mando un fuerte abrazo :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • mnkreations
    mnkreationsover 4 years ago

    Really cool Richard! Love the abstract feeling. It looks like a dance.

  • Oh, yes. I hadn’t seen the dance until you mentioned it. What wonderful eyes you have. Thank you so much for your great comments :-)

    – Richard G Witham

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago


  • Thank you :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 4 years ago

    I just love this about you Richard, you always surprise and delight in your creativity ~ and beautifully, like this…love the spreading of color, like a flowering and the lighting is so gentle, truly like first morning light…bravo my friend xx

  • Thank you so much for these wonderful comments Linda.

    – Richard G Witham

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