The Beginnings Of A Seascape

Beginnings Of A Seascape - NB
Beginnings Of A Seascape

This is the beginnings of a seascape created using cling film (plastic wrap) inspired by Jean Haines’ World Of Watercolour book. The cling film creates lovely textures and patterns in wet pigment. In theory this is a fairly simple technique to use, so why have I struggled to get good results with it ?? However, I have persevered with it and above is probably my most successful attempt so far. The colours, textures and patterns in my seascape wash are beautiful. The cling film has helped to create a wild turbulent ocean. Please click the image to view it larger…

The colours I used were Winsor & Newton’s Winsor Blue Green Shade, Winsor Green Blue Shade and a tiny touch of Indian Yellow. All three are very strong pigments but they have worked together beautifully in my initial textured wash. I need to build on my initial seascape wash but I’m not going to rush it. I need to think carefully how I’m going to proceed with this painting and have some decisions to make before doing anything to it. So for now I’m just going to enjoy it as it is till I’ve decided…

26 thoughts on “The Beginnings Of A Seascape

  1. I haven’t used cling wrap yet, I would like to need to experiment with it. I think that since it is a technique, it can easily take over, if that makes any sense. Love the colors, they have “soul”. ❤️

    1. It’s an interesting technique to use Margaret but not one I would use all the time. If you want texture and particular patterns in certain areas of a painting then it’s a good technique to use…

  2. You’ve achieved some gorgeous visual texture in that piece. I have had mixed results with this technique too. I think the success of it depends on the random combination of where the plastic wrinkles and how much pooling of pigment there is. My theory is that if the wrinkles hit a patch that is already too dry, not juicy enough, then there is no particular reaction. But I could be completely wrong.

    1. Thank you Laura. You do have to place the cling film over wet pigment to get results and I think the general idea is that you manipulate the plastic to get the shapes you would like too. But it’s easier said than done… !

  3. apparently the cheaper the cling film the better the results…..
    just back from Apenines in Italy where we used this technique!

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