Ran out of the white hot press paper so now I am moving on to the tinted paper. I only have a couple sheets of sample hot press paper left. They are both Folio paper - one is called "Antique" and the other one is "Tea Stain". I really like the look of the watercolor on the tinted paper. I think I will have to experiment more with tinted papers.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I really love dragonflies and I especially like the way this dragonfly turned out. They are so simple to paint in chinese brush painting. Looking back over the chinese brush painting that I have done so far I feel that they are so simple yet tranquil. They would make very nice note cards. I think I might start making some designs specifically to be used in note cards or greeting cards.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The inspiration for tonight's painting was Twestival Victoria 2010. The venue was packed with people mingling and talking. I had a great time but I am so tired right now that I can't stop yawning.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
This was my last piece of pre-cut ACEO watercolor paper so I had to quit with this attempt at painting a butterfly. With each previous attempt something always went wrong. On this painting I liked the way the flowers turned out but I messed up the butterfly. It worked so well when I was practicing on scrap paper :(
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Watercolor on 320gsm Coventry Rag Vellum watercolor paper
Oops! I just realized that I didn't use any ink on this painting. I had wanted every painting to contain both ink and watercolor washes.
I decided to try the Chrysanthemum again. This time I used the teardrop brush stroke instead of the long narrow brush stroke. As I was painting the main flower I ran out of paint on the brush and ended up dry brushing the outside petals. I think that this created a nice effect. I also made sure to mixed the green paint strong enough so that I didn't have to go over the leaves again.
All in all, I like this painting.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Well this was a lot easier than I anticipated! The flower heads looks so difficult but actually they were really easy to do. I must admit though that I "cheated" on the stems and leaves. I hadn't mixed my green paint strong enough and the color barely showed once it had dried. I decided to paint over top with a darker green. I didn't use the chinese brush technique but rather just held the brush and painted in my normal way. It really made a huge difference in the look of the leaves and stems versus the flowers themselves.