Simple swipes of complementary colours across the paper in Windsor Blue Red Shade, Indigo and Buff Titanium….
Above is a minimal abstract watercolour of Mousehole harbour (Cornwall, UK)….
And below is a soft grey sky, misty blue ocean and a sandy shore….
I love the soft translucent washes of colour….
These simple minimal seascapes were a mixture of wet in wet and dry brush technique. I used Arches cold pressed paper, 140 lb.
There’s something wonderfully therapeutic about brushing beautiful watercolours over lovely watercolour paper, with no agenda or pressure to create a “masterpiece”…. it gives me a wonderful sense of peace and calm….
You can click on the images to view them larger or view them in my Art Gallery
Welcome to week 24 of the Surface Treatment Workshop (STW). The workshop this week is about creating textures using rubbing alcohol. This is a really fun thing to do and so easy. All you need to remember is not to have your paint too thick – it needs to be a fairly runny wash – otherwise the alcohol wont break the surface of the paint. Here’s what I created….
I used watercolour paints for my samples this week. I started with a wash of a light colour and then went straight over the top with a darker colour. Then while the paint is still wet I dropped in the alcohol. The alcohol breaks the surface of the paint and creates lovely patterns and textures….
You can click on the images to view them larger if you wish. I used an assortment of different colours – Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Prussian Blue, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red and Alizarin Crimson….
The rubbing alcohol created some lovely textures and patterns in my watercolour paint. This is a great way to add some extra interest to an abstract watercolour painting. In conclusion I think rubbing alcohol is an interesting and useful item to have among my art supplies. It’s not something I would use every day but to occasionally to add some extra drama to some art – it’s great!
Larger images of my work can be viewed in my Art Gallery. The next STW is about using a bleach pen in art work…. fun times ahead!
I have just finished my samples for the Surface Treatment Workshop for this week (which I’m hoping to post tomorrow) and had some acrylic paint left in my palette. So, not wanting to waste the paint, I decided to do a quick mini acrylic seascape on canvas. It’s veering slightly towards the abstract side….
My painting measures 7 cm x 7 cm. So the photo is actually quite a bit bigger than the original painting but that does mean that you can see the detail, especially if you click on the image twice. Acrylic colours used were: Prussian Blue, Indigo, Pale Power Blue, Turquoise, Cerulean Blue, Pale Olive and White. So for a small painting that is actually quite a lot of colours but I do like to do lots of layers of colour with acrylic paints….
A wet in wet watercolour sketch on 140 lb hot pressed watercolour paper. The majority of this sketch is done with Paynes Grey, with just very tiny hints of Sepia and Prussian Blue. This took me about 15 minutes.
When it rains in Scotland the mountains very quickly blur into the clouds and mist and they still look beautiful. This sketch, my abstract rendition of rain on the mountains, will be stuck into my watercolour sketchbook…
Week 6 of the Surface Treatment Workshop focuses on using a faux encaustic technique using acrylic gels. Generally the idea is that you mix different acrylic gels mediums with water to thin them just a little and them mix them with wet paint on your art work surface. When it’s dry you do another layer, making sure each layer is different and adds something. Well, that’s the theory anyway!
I tried the technique on the above painting, which is acrylic on paper and measures about 6″ x 6″. I followed the instructions to the letter, or so I thought, but it doesn’t really look how I know encaustic art should look. I guess if you look close enough it vaguely resembles encaustic in places. But anyway, encaustic looking or not, I like my little acrylic seascape. The gel medium has helped to create some lovely surface texture with the aid of a palette knife and brush. Well undeterred, I had another go with the faux encaustic stuff…
A vintage collage using papers from my erosion bundles. Now this is more encaustic looking than the last piece. I used a lot more gel and less paint, and I built the collage up in layers…
This is my final attempt with the faux encaustic mixture – a mixed media collage. Different items of the collage were embedded in different layers. Again, this sample is slightly more encaustic looking.
On the whole, my humble opinion is that if you want an encaustic look to your art then I think it’s best to make the necessary effort and do the real thing! You can create some lovely effects with acrylic gels but they are no subsitute for a genuine encaustic technique.
Next week we are skipping week 7 temporarily and moving straight on to week 8. We will be returning to week 7 at a later date. Week 8 is focusing on using gesso. I’m looking forward to doing creative things with gesso…
Welcome to week 4 of the Surface Treatment Workshop. The focus this week is on using masking tape in mixed media art.
For the above sample I put masking tape over a collage base and then painted over it. When almost dry I carefully pulled the masking tape off exposing collage patterns underneath the paint…
This sample was a print left from week 1 that I wasn’t totally happy with so I decided it would be great to use with some masking tape instead! I put squares of masking tape over the painted base and then painted the squares white. When dry I glued small squares of my own art work over the white squares. I finished with a layer of clear acrylic glaze to ensure the squares of masking tape don’t peel off. The gum on the masking tape will degrade over time, so if you intend to leave making tape on some art work then it needs to be properly fixed down with some gel or glaze medium.
For this print I started with a stenciled background and then put masking tape over the top. I then sponged paint over the tape and then carefully peeled the tape off. I let the paint dry and then repeated this process with different colours.
I’m quite pleased with how this weeks samples turned out. Masking tape is a useful item to keep stashed away with your art supplies, just in case… ! Next week the focus is on using crackle paste. I’m really, really looking forward to this one – as a girl in love with texture this is right up my street!
A 9 cm x 10 cm abstract mixed media sample for my collaged sketchbook, inspired by the Aurora Borealis. The colours at the base are Intense Blue (Phthalo Blue) and Lemon Yellow watercolours. The blue bled into the yellow to create a gorgeous shade of turquoise and to that I added a touch of Emerald and the tiniest bit of Yellow Ochre. When dry I added complimentary shades of Pearl Mica to add a starry sparkle to my Aurora
More pics of my collage papers on my desk, ready to create some seaside inspired collages with. I love these colours ~ blue, indigo, turquoise, green, yellow ochre with hints of orange, mauve and neutral tones…
I have an A3 sheet of acrylic paper which I have covered with Gesso and is currently drying. When dry I will cut it up into 6 smaller pieces and make 6 small collages which will hopefully go in my collaged sketchbook.