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October 07, 2008
WATERCOLOR PAINTING JUST GOT EASIER FOR YOU
NO MORE TIME WASTING WITH TRIAL AND ERROR
SUPRISE YOUR CLOSE ONE'S WHEN THEY SEE YOUR PAINTINGS
IF YOU THINK YOU CAN PAINT OR IF YOU THINK YOU CANNOT PAINT YOU ARE RIGHT.
YOU CAN LEARN TO PAINT BEAUTIFUL WATERCOLORS.
WORKING WITH FRESH TRANSPARENT GLAZES
PAINT VIBRANT WASHES OF COLOR
SPECIAL BONUS AT END OF THIS REPORT.
You must understand and can control the unique physical characteristics of Watercolor to paint with fresh transparent glazes in watercolor.
Here are my thoughts about the subject. Pull up a chair and lets go.
First identify what colors on your palette are "transparent".
Draw black horizontal waterproof line about 1" in thickness on a small section of your watercolor paper. Black marker will be fine. Remember relative opacity or transparency of colors tend to vary from brand to brand. This is why YOU must test your own colors.
Now paint a vertical strip of the color you want to examine across the line with a flat brush about 4" long. Continue with the rest of the colors let them dry.
Now look where the vertical and horizontal met. If you can quite easily see the black marker you have a transparent color. If you see a faint hint of color, semi-transparent color. Dont see the black strip, opaque color. Do you see the small blocks of color above the vertical strips, a wet brush was painted over it to test of staining The first Cerulean blue is a semi stain Winsor blue heavy stain, Cobalt Blue Non Stain. Again it will vary of maker to maker YOU test your own.
rGlazing essentially mixes color in the viewer eye rather than on the palette.
For example, looking down through a layer of say, New Gamboge over a wash of Thalo Blue, the viewer will see green, just as if you had mixed the two together, but, giving the viewer a bright more luminous color, than if you have stirred (mixed) them together.
Glazing, like many watercolor painting techniques involves a degree of excitement and unpredictability. So be prepared for any eventuality.
Maybe you have thought that layer after layer of watercolor wash will produce a dull opaque look. - It will. - If you don't understand the nature of colors, that is their relative opacity and transparency.
Now take a small wet brush and gently apply a wash of water over the vertical color (remember, the one that you painted over the black mark) let it soak in for a few moments, now brush the wet strip a couple of times and blot.
Guess what, you know what is transparent and also does it stain the paper.
Now if you have painted a transparent stainer and it's completely bone dry ,you can expect it, to avoid removal.
On the other hand if you paint with an opaque color derived from mineral compounds that float on the papers surface when you glaze over it with another color it could well lift (and mix) leaving a muddy look.
Paper to use, the surface should be "Cold Press" (NOT in U.K.) Hot Press surface does not work well with glazing techniques. I like to use a heavy weight paper - 300 lbs. C.P. Stretching becomes Unecessary since the papers heavy weight eliminates most ripples.
Another thing to keep in mind to pre-soak or stretch paper removes some of the surface sizing when the paper is heavily pre-soaked . This will create greater absorbency of the paper, just maybe the colors will not be as bright ?
PAPER - must be completely dry before you attempt to apply a glazing color, if not, it will mix with the next layer losing transparency of the colors and defeating the whole glazing process.
Just apply a little patience between layers.
SIDE BAR: - Paintings that I have applied more then fifty layers, (yes + 50) sell very fast for me. They do look spectacular. But it's very labor intensive. Mix up more paint than usual ,judge the size of the brush to the area to cover ,work fast. Wait for it to dry, and glaze another color.
It is very tempting to use a hair dryer , try this paint two areas not close to each other, dry one with the hair drier let mother nature dry the other. See any difference? You decide how your paper and colors reacted. When I Paint multiple glazes on ,paintings , six are painted at the same time. One Glaze on each sheet in the morning , mother nature dry , try to paint two more before the end of the day. This is repeated for many days . Patience, Patience , results are wonderful
In Report #6 I just for fun offered the painting for sale that was created for that report .the responses was overwhelming. Felt sorry for the second place guy , beaten by 15 seconds on the e-mail clock. This time it is going to be a larger painting and 50.00 dollars more . Full sheet 30"x22' Double matted ,acid free foam board backing Just one chance ,one person first e-mail. Please for your own personal use only. A few wanted to place it on e-bay, please , please don't do this. Cost 125.00 plus shipping Payment details given to the buyer You will not be sorry. Act now . If it does not please you . Return it in good condition. Money returned no questions asked.
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