Saturday, October 17, 2009

Lesson 53 Pressed Textures

One way to create interesting textures in watercolor is to press objects into a wet wash, let it dry, and remove the objects. The pigments will collect at the edges or under folds and form shapes. Crumpled plastic wrap is an old standby. Shapes cut out of mylar, bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, stretched out gauze are all fun to play with. For this exercise we laid a wet wash of two colors in a horizontal band across the paper and set in a variety of stuff. Once this dried and the objects removed we added smooth washes to the top and bottom portions of the design. The textures now suggest rocks or hills which we refined.

Wendy turned her textured band into coastal rocks.

Mary Ann saw mountains and trees.

Leslie found bold stylized hill forms.

Bev is beginning to paint in portions of the texture shapes which may become rocks.

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