Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lesson 61 Liftiing Out Flower Shapes

I think sometimes watercolorists rely too much on mask when dealing with light shapes, so for this lesson we explored possibilities of lifting paint off both wet and dry paper. We used flowers and weeds for subjects and lifted with paper towels, stiff brushes, sponges, stencils and credit cards. First we experimented with small studies. For the larger work, we laid in a dark wash combining several colors which completely covered the paper. The challenge was to work from this medium dark value back to the lighter shapes by lifting paint out using these various means. Here are some of the results.

Alice used paper towels and a brush to lift off the soft flower shapes and the vase.

Emily focused in on the blossoms, lifting out the petals and center shapes.

Adelheid was able to lift almost back to white with the paints she used.

Lois lifted very delicate lines and shapes off of her initial wash.

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