Sunday, October 25, 2009

October 25, 2009 - Day 76

Rubbing Alcohol and Da Vinci watercolor on Saunders Waterford paper

Wow! Is this ever a cool technique! I had read about using rubbing alcohol with watercolor to create interesting textures so I thought I would try it today. I used a q-tip to put spots and streaks of rubbing alcohol on the paper and then I applied a blue wash over top. I don't know how it works but wherever the alcohol was the paint is darker. I did go back over some of the spots to make them stand out a bit more but I really didn't need to darken them that much.

I am definitely going to be playing with this technique more in the future. It will probably work really well for detailed shadow areas.

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