So I had to go back to basics with this again. It can’t hurt, I’m sure, and I want to get a good handle on the way water and paint move together in this medium. It’s much different than using acrylic since watercolour is so much thinner and water reacts differently with it. With watercolour, the colour lightens with the addition of water, so I have to lighten the colour, but then choose how much water to use on the paper. Too much and it disappears, too little and the colour punches into the paper and doesn’t move around.

With the arctic fox I tried to follow exactly the tutorial, but it was still hard to capture what she was doing and I was trying to figure out how much and how little to add to get the right colour saturation.

Today was back to the beginning – more exercises on using watercolour. I have been taking a class that is using watercolour at this point so it was really helpful to have personal instruction on how to do it and be able to ask questions in the moment. As much as I love YouTube, I rely on personal contact to learn and I find it much more efficient.

So these exampes are washes: 1) a beaded wash, which is consistent colour in a block from beginning to end, going line by line and using the water that is beading at the bottom of each line to start the next (this is done on a tilt so the water naturally sits at the bottom of a line). 2) a gradated beaded wash – same process as above but adding water to lighten the colour from top to bottom. 3) wet paper wash – wetting the paper with water first before adding anything, and allow the colour to run more easily. 4) glazing – doing a beaded wash, then adding a different colour over top of it once the first layer is dry in order to make a new colour – this is done instead of mixing the colours first. 5) wet-in-wet – when the wash is still wet, adding water in strokes and lines to take out colour. 6) drybrush – using the paint but fairly dry and brushing it on the paper to show the paper quality and texture more. 7) softening an edge – when the wash is still wet, adding water to the outside edges to soften it and make it blend outward away from the main colour area.

This seems painstaking, but it is necessary to really understand the properties of watercolour in order to do a larger picture. I don’t feel that all this process work was successful but I am definitely learning how to use water more fully.

I was also just enjoying playing with the watercolour after this, and working on designs that I could do with the mixing and layering of water and colours several times.

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