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Watercolor-Just-Got-Easier
December 09, 2008
Hi

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.

PAINTING TREES IN WATERCOLOR

FALL TREES IN WATERCOLOR

Here are a few photographs of some local trees in the neighborhood.

             

 

Mainly Maple and Red Oak.

A beautiful fall sight that occurs all over this wonderful world of ours.

Why certain groups are trying to destroy it, is beyond my thinking.

Could it be jealousy?

BACK TO PAINTING.

Just look at the foliage, without a doubt it can be a very difficult and daunting task. So you as a painter must simplify the task.

You have several choices.

1)            Sponge it on

2)            Paint leaves

3)            Try painting the mass of colors (your way)

(1) & (2) not recommended.

Try this way:

1)            Decide on the shape, paying all the attention to the very perimeter.

2)            Cut or form a stencil with paper, old towel (cloth).

          

3)            Mix up colors, in this case - Yellow, Red, Burt Sienna, Green,& Blue - your choice.

I will use Winsor Yellow, Permanant Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Sap Green and Antwerp Blue.

4)            Choose a round brush at least a number 10, maybe a flat 1" brush if you so wish.

But you must test all your brushes on a  scrap piece of watercolor paper.  The question is-------will they "release" the paint when you throw, tap or shake the brush.  Test each one by doing the following:-

Load the brush, hold brush towards the end

now imagine you are shaking a thermometer (the old fashion kind).  The action should be a flick of the wrist that comes to a very abrupt stop.  Off comes the paint.  -  GOT IT?

Not the easiest thing to do the first time you try it.  Practice and more practice , or try this, loading the brush again, and tapping it against another.

By now you should see some spots, irregular drops of paint on the paper

 

Only work on a small area at a time.

Now take a spray bottle - Holbein Watercolor Spray, Dick Blick is one inexpensive source that I know of, Holbein Watercolor Atomizer Bottle creates a "stippled mist" - Item D2912-1003 (Dick Blick).

I would not just buy one.  They do not last for ever, particularly if you push hard on the plunger.

Access to Dick Blick via Painting Supplies Tab.  Shop around for other items that you might need, to reduce the shipping costs on one item.

Now you have the spray bottle. pick out a blob or spot of paint, holding bottle very very close, about 1.1/2" - gently spray trying to turn that blob or spot into foliage.

You want the bottle to put out a series of dots of water (no mist) most likely if you have a spray bottle it will put out a mist.  This will cause a diluted solid area of color.  You want dots and blobs sprayed to look like leaves.

SUMMARY

After the stencil is in place, start throwing or tapping blobs (a spot of paint) start with Yellow, only about the size of three postage stamps, then spray.

Repeat with Red blobs same size,  spray.  Keep doing little areas, joining them into a net work of foliage, be sure never let bobs dry before you spray, leave gaps between blobs.

Now take a rigger or liner brush (dry) and pull paint from wet area into gaps, this will indicate branches, twigs etc.

This technique will take some practice.  Again do not use a regular spray bottle it will mist all the colors together.

Go ahead a try.......see what I mean - a big mess.

This is a wonderful technique to use when you need a realistic looking tree full of foliage.

It is not easy and will require some practice, so I am going to keep the lesson short this week.

We need your help now  -  I has taken several hours to put this together for you.

Now could you spend say 5 minutes and send a note telling us what you want, what you like and any other comments.

COULD YOU DO THAT?    See you all next week.   Warmest regards    Jim

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