Pen & Paper · watercolor

Watercolor Practice 1

Last week, I was dog sitting and staying at the dog’s home which had no internet.  Instead of mindlessly watching Bravo like I usually do when I’m taking care of this dog, I decided to be more creative with my time.  I packed my watercolor supplies and decided to mess around with them.

I really wanted to learn more about how to control the paint on my brush.  And I could watch tutorial after tutorial and still not understand – I learn best by doing.  So I messed around with water vs paint and different ‘techniques.’  I’m putting techniques in quotes because watercolor painting has established techniques and I was just making things up as I painted.

I acquired a pallet of pearlescent paint at Michaels.  I couldn’t wait to play with that!  So I attempted a galaxy/space scene.

I’m not really pleased with the way it turned out, but those pearlescent colors are so beautiful!  And now I know how they look when they’re dry.  The shimmer doesn’t show as much when the paint is wet on the page.

Then I played around with negative space, I guess is what you’d call this?  I don’t know.  In the moment this seemed like a fun piece to do.  I rather like it.  I’ll likely do more like this in the future.

Next I tried something like a wash.  I’m not sure of all this terminology, but I put water on the page before I put paint.  I really just wanted to see how the paint flowed in the water and see what effects I could create.  It didn’t fill the page, so I decided to do a quick calligraphy practice with a watercolor brush so I didn’t feel like I was wasting space.

Lastly, I went back to experimenting with negative space.

I really like the way this one turned out.  I found that layers are a thing I can use to achieve boldness of colors.  I even discovered that I can – gasp – put layers of different colors on top of each other!  This piece was probably where I learned the most in terms of how to manipulate the paint to get the effect I wanted.

I’m going to frame this one and put it up somewhere in our new house! 🙂

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