Friday, December 14, 2007
Blondheim Art Original Paintings
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
watercolor on cold press
mounted to mat board
See my paintings HERE
Art Note Blog HERE
For beginners like me in Watercolor
I've been doing a bit of watercolor painting for the first time in my life. Here is what I have learned so far.
I like cold press paper. It seems to be nicer than the hot press I have seen. In order to get darks and rich color saturation, multiple coats are necessary. It's easy to get darks but nearly impossible for me to get lights unless I use some sort of masking device like frisket. I discovered that a white candle does great stuff. It masks color and also creates really interesting textures like stippling. Way cool. I've learned that the planning has to be much more careful than oils or acrylics and mistakes don't get fixed very easily. It is a really fast medium.
I don't like the wet paper approach too much. To soft and smarmy. I prefer more intense dry brush technique, with nice crisp line work. I did a watercolor on gessoed masonite and it turned out alright. I noticed right away that lifting of color was very easy with the masonite as opposed to the paper. I used a spray varnish to seal it and now it can be framed like an oil or acrylic. It was very fast. I'm going to try some of the watercolor canvas and see how that works. I can mount it to masonite
I haven't a clue as to what I am doing but I am learning fast and I think it is going to be a good medium for small format work. I'm looking forward to the process.