This is really excellent. What medium are you using? I love the contrasts and shapes.
Thanks, Sylvia. It's a method I've used a few times. First you paint the image in gouache but leave bare paper where you want the ink to go. Then you cover the dry paint with India ink, let that dry and then wash everything off. You are left with a stain from the paint plus ink lines and some marks reminiscent of a block print. It's not completely controllable and I usually end up making adjustments in Photoshop later.
Alison, I also like this. You've introduced a new technique to me. I looked at your demo w/the children and the house. Do you cover the entire scene with ink? or just the bare paper? This is nicely done - it makes me feel the cold.
I've done some of both. If I want to minimize stray black marks I just go over the bare paper. If I'm happy to have more of those textures I'll cover all the paper. The ink can affect the color of the stain so that's another consideration.