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! 🙂