Via Artists Network, I found this post on Nine Painting Tips for Beginners written by: Johannes Vloothuis. Well, I'm a big believer in the idea that there's always something new to learn even from beginner articles. Here are just a few of the tips that I look forward to experimenting with:
Check out the complete article for more great ideas.
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The artist talks about combining watercolor paints and pastels. Johannes suggests finding "ways to correct or improve any areas in your watercolor painting that would benefit from pastel. After experimenting, she realized that PanPastels work the best because it has sponge applicators that force the pigment into the grain of the paper."
Check out the complete post for more tips. I know that I'm going to try out this technique.
Image of Oriental Small Squirrel Hair Brush from Artists Network site
I need to purchase some new brushes for watercolor painting so I'm glad that I spotted this post on: Watercolor Brushes: Using the Right Tools For the Job written by Karlyn Holman (discovered via Artists Network).
Here's what Holman says about squirrel hair brushes:
"My Oriental brush is made from squirrel hair and is the only natural bristle brush that I regularly use. Squirrel hair holds more paint than any other brush, and the soft bristles allow the paint to release from the brush easily. Because it readily releases paint, it is essential when I throw paint to create foliage and textured areas."
I seldom use Oriental brushes in watercolor painting so I think I'll pick one up and start experimenting. Check out the complete post for more tips on brushes.
Yesterday I painted this close-up of a Daisy on 4" x 4" watercolor paper. I used Kosher Salt on the background and center of the flower.
I don't know if I mentioned this before but lately I enjoy working with MaimeriBlu watercolor paint in Cyan. I love the range of shades the color produces.
What is your favorite watercolor paint?
I decided to devote an Art Journal to watercolor painting. However, I didn't have a journal with watercolor paper. And the nearest art supply store is over an hour away.
So I went to Walmart and purchased a Canson Watercolor Pad (140# weight). Cost was $6.00. (About a month ago Walmart was selling them for $5.00). I separated the pages from the pad.
Then I went to Office Max and asked for a spiral binding. Cost for this service was $3.52. For a total of $9.52, I now have a Watercolor Art Journal. I'm happy with the results.
Via Pinterest, I came upon a Watercolor Coneflowers (Wet-in-Wet Painting) Tutorial created by artist, Vickie Henderson.
Above is my first try at her technique. I really enjoyed the process and I plan to paint more watercolor coneflowers.
Check out Vickie's site for more beautiful paintings.
Image from Dick Blick site
On the Dick Blick site, I discovered Liquid Watercolors. I ordered two bottles - in Magenta and Turquoise.
I plan to use them as dye sprays, either full strength or diluted with distilled water, in my mixed media art work. An 8 oz bottle only costs $3.75. That's less expensive than the commercial dye sprays. And I also like the fun of experimenting with the liquid watercolors.
I meant to post sooner but I'm in the middle of a decluttering project in my home. I find decluttering to be very boring and time-consuming. After all, I'm not creating art. But it's a necessary task to keep our home in a reasonably orderly state.
I did manage to do a small watercolor painting and practice my hand lettering. I found the original quote - You Create Your Own Calm - on Pinterest and modified it a bit. Well, back to decluttering.
Happy July 4th to Every One! In North Carolina, we were lucky to escape major damage from Hurricane Arthur.
According to news reports, there has been some "beach erosion and storm surge damage on the sound side of the Outer Banks; also water and possible pavement damage on sections of N.C. 12 and flooding in Manteo." However, the results could have been much worse. I am thankful that the Outer Banks did not experience a catastrophic hurricane. The area is so beautiful. We live about two hours from the Outer Banks and enjoy visiting the resort towns.
At our TAG Watercolor Painting Workshop, Catherine Mein suggested that we work with Canson watercolor paper as we perfect our painting techniques. The paper is less expensive so you don't need to worry if you botched a painting - and thereby ruined expensive watercolor paper,
I picked up a 30-sheet pad of 9" x 12" Canson watercolor paper (140 lb) for about ten dollars. I feel a greater sense of freedom when I'm painting now. After all, it's just a sheet of inexpensive paper. I completed the above quick painting yesterday.
Our group, Tidewater Artist Group (TAG), recently held our annual Summer Art Camp.
We were lucky to have TAG member, Catherine Mein, teach a Watercolor Painting Workshop.
Catherine is a member of the National Watercolor Society, Virginia Watercolor Society, International Society of Acrylic Painters, Society of Layerists in Multi-Media, Tidewater Art Alliance, Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists and the National Collage Society. She has won numerous prizes in juried shows. Check out her site to view her beautiful paintings.
The Workshop focus was painting flowers. I painted the flowers in the above photograph. I still need to add some finishing touches.
Thank You So Much Catherine for sharing your talents with our TAG Group!
I would like to learn how to improve my painting of watercolor glazes. Here are three sources of information on the topic.
A while back I did a watercolor painting that is similar to the one above. Then, I used water-soluble ink for outlining that painting. In today's painting, I used a Micron pen for outlining. I like this painting better because it has a cleaner look.
Some days I feel as if I'm involved in too many different mediums, especially when my Studio becomes overrun with a variety of art supplies. On other days I like the idea of switching from art journaling to watercolor painting to assemblage. Today was a good day to experiment with watercolor painting.
I like to experiment in my Art Journal before I do a final painting. This step helps me choose the final images, words and colors that I want to incorporate into my painting.
I used watercolor paint, watercolor crayons, colored pencils and some acrylic paint to create this art piece. However, the journal page did not accept the paint and water very well since the paper was not absorbent or thick enough. But all in all, this was a good learning experiment.
Today is Day 8 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
I used watercolor paints, pencils and crayons for this piece - as well as a micron pen and a bit of water-soluble ink. This particular painting was indeed a challenge for me.
The benefits of doing a Painting Challenge for me include:
Today is Day 9 of Paint 30 Paintings in 30 Days which is being hosted by Leslie Saeta.
Here is the backstory on this painting. I began working with watercolor paints. The flowers were originally orange and yellow. I wasn't satisfied with the painting. And I realized it was the orange that was bothering me. I'm not an orange person.
I went in with oil pastels and changed the colors of the flowers to pink and purple. My painting came out darker than I had intended. But at least it was a learning experience for me - and I was brave enough to post this painting.
Via Artists Network, I discovered this interesting post on Surprising Watercolor Techniques for Achieving Luminosity and Watercolor Texture written by Deena S. Ball.
For this technique, Deena "uses either YUPO or Strathmore Series 500 bristol 4-ply plate surface for her textured paintings. Both have extremely smooth surfaces and are less absorbent than traditional watercolor papers. This allows the paint to flow more freely, resulting in more intense colors."
Why not try this technique this weekend?
I was searching for an article on how to draw more loosely. Instead, I found this interesting post, Six Ways to Better Drawing written by Helen South, (About.com Guide). I especially liked the following suggestions:
For more details, check out the rest of these two informative articles.
When I do a watercolor painting, I usually do a pencil sketch first. For this painting, I took a risk and drew all of my flowers with Liquid Frisket. After the latter dried, I added a blue sky, green grass and some text stamping to the background.
I rubbed the frisket off with my fingers and then painted in the flowers. I'm satisfied with the final result but I do see some areas that I can improve upon in subsequent paintings.
I actually did this painting in my Art Journal. I wanted to create a casual painting so I wasn't focused on perfect.
The frisket I used is Grumbacher Miskit (liquid frisket) which is orange in color. For best results, the frisket should be removed within 24 to 48 hours. This is the first time that I tried this product and I like the way it performs.
Need to jazz up your watercolor paintings? Then check out the Empty Easel article, 10 Creative Ways to Shake up Your Next Watercolor Painting written by Sandrine Pelisser.
Here are two ideas, from the article, that immediately caught my interest:
Read the article for the other eight ideas. And check out Pelisser's Web site, ARTiful Painting Demos, for some great information and tips on painting.
painting from Linda Baker's Web site
On Empty Easel, I discovered two videos (featuring artist Linda Baker) on How to Pour Watercolors using masking fluid to control the flow of paint. Linda's videos make the process look very doable even for beginners.
I'm adding this technique to the top of my To Do List.
My inspiration for this chair came from a furniture catalog. I used graphite pencils, watercolor paints and watercolor crayons on 140# watercolor paper. This is the kind of chair to snuggle into, on a rainy day, with a good book - or Nook - or Kindle?
And instead of a cup of tea, you might be sipping a Cafe Mocha or a Frappuccino - with your cell phone nearby.
Today, I finished sketching a very intricate drawing. I opened up a new set of Prismacolor fine line markers and began inking the drawing.
Suddenly, the pen started skipping and the nib almost bent on the paper. I was not pressing hard. No matter what I tried, I couldn't salvage the drawing. All those sketching hours were wasted! I think I'm going back to using Pigma Micron pens.I did a quick whimsical sketch (below) so that my day wasn't completely lost.
Does this ever happen to you?
I was sorting through some of my watercolor paintings when I came upon this copy that I had taken of one of my original paintings. The color was much richer in my original art. So I took the copy and reworked it a bit in Photoshop Elements. But I still want to find the original art.
The moral of the story - to me - is: It's time to reorganize my art work - and art supplies. Do you ever misplace paintings - or even supplies?
In a past issue of Watercolor Artist, there's an excellent, and comprehensive, article by Charles Reid on how to stop overworking your watercolor paintings. He provides four valuable tips to achieve this goal:
Reid also suggests that you study the watercolor paintings of John Singer Sargent. If you visit Reid's site, you'll find that he keeps it beautifully simple in his paintings. I especially admire his Venice paintings.
Here is a painting by John Singer Sargent, entitled Gondoliers' Siesta (1910). (Note: I just realized that I'm continuing to follow Michelle Ward's Challenge: To Learn Something New. And that's a good thing.)
With watercolor painting, sometimes I think it's not the technique, paint or substrate that is most important. What is really crucial is coming to the page, every day, and painting.
This is a watercolor painting in progress. I like to draw, and paint, chairs. My sketchbooks are full of all kinds of chairs. I've been drawing them for years. What do you like to paint?
I purchased a new laptop - and a new printer - and upgraded from Photoshop Elements 3 to Photoshop Elements 7. Well, it's back to Square One, on the Learning Curve, in regard to all three purchases.
I just tried to edit a watercolor painting, which I did today, in Photoshop Elements 7. And I wasn't able to change the font color.So, I booted up Elements 3 and I easily changed the color of the font. The joys of new technology!
I was recently inspired by a Pochoir print (from the 1920s) which I saw online. Instead of using the stencil process, I reinvented the print by turning it into a mixed-media work, using watercolor painting and art stamps.
About every three months, I like to review my goals for 2009. This year my major goal was to draw daily. Due to my recent vacation and family visits, I neglected to draw daily.
Since I hadn't been practicing, I felt a little rusty when I worked on the watercolor (below). But I decided to recommit to my goal and continue to do a daily drawing or more.
I believe drawing is like any other skill. The more you practice, the better you become - and the more satisfied you are with the end results. Then one day, after a lot of hard work, everything seems to fall into place. And you are surprised at the progress that you made and the skill that you have achieved.
Set aside some time today and revisit your Goals for 2009.
I only had time for a quick watercolor painting today. I had to take my Shih Tzu, Tia, to the Vet this morning.
This was her second Vet visit in two weeks - She has a UTI. Hmmmmm.....Gave the Vet $159. last week and $116 this week. Did you ever notice that big bills seem to come in bunches. We just replaced our ride-on lawn mower and then our air conditioning unit needed $600. of repair work. And the unit is less than five years old. I know these financial bumps in the road happen to everybody.
I think I need to set aside a few more hours, later on, to make more Art to soothe my soul. I find it very healing to work at my Art. So, here's my little coffee cup painting. I played around with the colors in Photoshop Elements.
Here's a quick watercolor painting experiment that I did this afternoon. First, I put a wash of blue ink on some vintage sheet music from the early 1900s. I then applied Gesso in the middle of the page. I dried the Gesso with my trusty heat gun. Next, I made a quick sketch of a female face - and applied watercolor paint and watercolor pencil to enhance the image.
I've tried this Gesso/watercolor technique before. It's interesting how the Gesso background allows you to (both) wipe out areas of paint - and add additional paint to your composition.
My goal was to make a quick watercolor study - and not strive for perfection. Sometimes, I think you can learn more from your materials when you work fast.
At my last watercolor class, we worked with masking tape and/or Mylar. I chose to work with masking tape.
First, I added a wash of ultramarine blue to the middle of the watercolor paper. To create some foliage, I tore very thin strips of tape and pressed them along the bottom of the painting. I covered the strips with a wash of yellow paint.
Since I wanted to paint birch trees, I tore off small pieces of masking tape to cover my sketched tree limbs - leaving varying degrees of thin, horizontal white spaces. I filled in these spaces with burnt umber paint. I then stroked on some light-colored branches. Next, I used a sea sponge (coated with burnt umber) to add brown leaves.
When the paint dried, I removed all the masking tape. I added in some more leaves using the sea sponge technique. I then stopped painting. I'm going to take my unfinished painting (see below) to my next class. I want it to be critiqued by my Instructor and fellow classmates so I can get a better idea of the next step to take. I don't want to overwork the painting - LOL - like I did last week.
In the meantime, I wrote up this tutorial in case you might want to try these ideas.
Have a creative day, Darlene