I've been embarking on a new challenge - learning to use watercolors. Such a finite medium: you get it down right-- or you get mud. On the other hand, if you practice a little, learn some fun techniques and use them, watercolor is actually a lot easier and more transportable than acrylics or even colored pencils--which is what I had been using for the most part. So I'm finding it's worth my time learning. And I'm lucky to have a friend who is helping me on the journey.
I hounded Shirley to give me watercolor lessons, and a few other members of our Journal Study Group are joining in. Here are some of my results from our first two lessons.
|In this photo, we were testing opacity by painting over a Sharpie black line|
And finally, this is called a watercolor resist. you paint around the subject with the water so that the color resists going into the dry area. Doing that with successive layers allows you to create a very interesting composition. (I will probably add another layer to this in the future.)
The watercolors I'm using are Windsor Newton Cotman Watercolor Painting Plus Half Pans, like this:
And that is my watercolor adventure so far, but stay tuned for more fun kids!