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Watercolor Can Be Forgiving

by Caroline , January 28, 2009—09:17 PM

Topics: Landscape, papers, sea scape, technique, watercolor, wet on wet painting

I painted the Pacific Squall, a scene of sudden rainfall out at sea viewed from the beach for an show themed "Clouds and Weather". I meant to create a very wet on wet work with the movement of water on and into the paper creating a very liquid looking sky.

I had taken paper and paints with me to work away from home while staffing as a volunteer at a local gallery. After I started I discovered that the paper was not taking the water as I expected it to. The flow just was not flowing. I could only work effectively with smaller sections of the paper, and I had to go back and create sharp edges where needed, and soften up a few other with added water and brush work. After working through the painting, I found that the whites of the surf were too bold and sharp, and I needed to gray them down. Every section took glazing to get good color where I had meant this one to be very direct and simple. Lots of fussing, but eventually I got a painting that I like.

In the end, when I flipped over the paper that I had taken with me, I saw my problem. This was not the small sheet of watercolor paper that I thought it was, but a 7" by 9" sample of Fabriano's Tizano white paper meant for pastel and drawing! Oops! Good thing I'm had enough practice with watercolor to know how to beg its forgiveness and find it after making such a blunder.




  Jacob ( homepage )

10/02/2012 * 05:15:28

I bet if you go on the back of the paper, get it relaly relaly wet just over the puncture marks, let it sit, and then work the paper back and forth with a small tool, like a cuticle pusher, in relaly small strokes, it might help blend the paper fibers and heal the paper. keep the worked spot small, and keep it flat while it dries so the paper doesn't warp. Try it on a scrap piece of the same type of paper first.


  Hery ( homepage )

09/29/2012 * 22:53:25

I am working on a new airurbsh project, and normally I just use illustration board so frisket normally works fine as a masking material. This project is much larger than I can get in illustration board, so I have a canvas that I am working on. I have done some research and most seem to only pertain to airurbshing with acrylic paint. I want to use the watercolor becuase of the look I am going for. My main problem is that I tried using Frisket as the masking material; but it did not want to stick all that well. Does anybody have any ideas on what I can do for masking material on canvas?


  kellym ( homepage )

02/02/2009 * 14:30:01

Hi, Caroline!

I love your "oops" moment! Don't we all have them, too? I was reminded of an article I read recently about a british artist who traveled to the Arctic and tried (most often unsuccessfully) to paint in extremely severe conditions. Amazing what we'll do to capture a moment, isn't it? And thank you for your lovely comment last week -- good to hear from you.

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