I’ve never been a fan of watercolour painting. To be honest, the technicality of it used to put me off. I felt frustration at having to leave white areas white, and at having to dilute the paint before I could use it. The slow progress of literally waiting for paint to dry between each application also tested my patience. Not an ideal medium for someone with a strong muscle memory for quick gestural lines and scribble!
I do prefer ink for its rich colour and readiness, although the results are quite different. Did you know you could use food colouring as a cheap alternative? The colours are limited, but they mix well, and they’re fine if you’re working on sketches rather than finished pieces (see top left). I buy the cheaper artificial ones rather than higher-priced natural food colourings, and I use a small pipette to extract liquid to pop into my palette, or use a clean paintbrush for smaller amounts. Just make sure you store them with your paints rather than your baking ingredients!
So, why did I decide to give watercolour a try? I love the work of Emma Ball, Anna Mason, Emily Gravett, Oliver Jeffers, and Charlie O’Shields and his Doodlewash blog guests. Plus, there is no other medium like it.
This past week I’ve been soaking up lots of useful advice from Craftsy.com’s painting blog, and wanted to share some of these with you (with publication dates).
- Colour Transparency: or opacity, as the case may be (28 April 2014)
- Colour Value: explore levels of darkness and lightness (9 May 2014)
- Colour Temperature: build depth and mood with temperature (16 May 2014)
- Colour Intensity: mix muted colours with vibrancy (18 May 2014)
I also joined Anna Mason’s mailing list and online school and am currently attempting my own “Watercolour with Wow” with her free mini paint-a-pear class (free when you sign up to her mailing list). Her online school offers different levels of membership, and she has a couple of Craftsy watercolour classes, too.
Slow progress is better than no progress.
If you’ve discovered any great watercolour blogs, or useful tips online, than please share in a comment.
WordPress prompt: Slowly
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