Friday, November 24, 2017

Watercolor Class Exercise

Marzieh prepared a simple yet interesting and beneficial exercise in order to motivate you to combine a couple of techniques from her watercolor class.

Please follow the below instructions:

1. Tape your paper down to a table or a board. So it does not warp when your paper gets dry at the end of the project. 
2. Prepare 3-4 different colours/shades in your palette. (I was inspired by the Fall leaves colours for this project.) Use a lot of water in order to decrease the pigmentation of your paint. (We need very watery colours for this stage.)
3. Wet your paper using a wide flat brush or a spray.
4. Pick a big round brush, choose a colour from your palette and rub the paint on the paper. As the paper is wet the paint starts to bleed, mix and spread out. (wet on wet technique) 
5. Cover your paper completely with paint. Use all the colours and shades that you have mixed in your palette. 
6. Before the paint gets dry on the paper, use some salt on the spots that you like.

7. Use a water spray to create blooms on the spots that are not covered with salt.
8. You can also split some rubber alcohol on top or bottom of your paper, using a toothbrush or a paint brush. I do not recommend using an eye-dropper in this case as we are looking for finer textures.
9. Let your paper to dry. Take a break. 😁
10. Once your paper gets dry completely, pick a colour pencil, and make sure that the colour that you are choosing is close enough to the shades that you have used for the background. (in my case, I used a light green pencil.) 
11. Start drawing the silhouettes of your subject on your paper. I chose to draw a tree and some grasses. You can also draw a tree or choose something different to draw. 
12. Once you are happy with your drawing, mix more paint with water in your palette. This time, use a little bit more paint with water in order to increase the pigmentation. 
14. You can use the masking fluid, and cover the positive edges of your drawing. In my case, I was happy with the organic and natural looking edges of my tree, so I skipped this part. 
13. In this stage, you are going to use the glazing technique to cover the negative spots with your paint brush. 
14. You can use the blooming and salt technique on the wet spots one more time. 
15. Try to leave some tiny spots behind, so the viewer can see some parts of the first layer.
16. Wait until your paper gets dry completely. Break time again😄
17. Draw a few more trees with your colour pencil. 
18. Mix more paint with water in your palette. Make sure that your shades are darker than the previous layer. (You can always use a piece of paper to test your paint before putting it on the actual painting.)
19. Glaze the negative spots one more time.
20. You can repeat these stages until you are satisfied with the composition.