Author: John_Lovett, Contributing Editor
|Our subject for this demonstration is the weathered facade of on old building
in Treviso, Italy. Rather than relying solely on watercolor, we will build up a
texture echoing that of the building using rice paper and gesso. This
combined with transparent watercolor, ink and pastel pencil will allow us
to instill the mysterious atmosphere the subject evokes
Watercolor - Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Alizarin,
Scarlet Lake and Phthalo Blue.
Brushes - 1" and 1/4" flat and #2 liner
Burnt Sienna Ink, pen and spray bottle of water
Japanese Rice paper and PVA Glue
Brown and Gray Pastel Pencil
|Step 1 - Rice Paper and Drawing |
Apply your rice paper with slightly diluted PVA Glue. Vary the Shape and
Size of the pieces and use an odd number. 3 or 5 seem to work best. They
need not correspond to any particular part of the subject, but place them
on the paper to form an interesting pattern.
Use your Gray Pastel Pencil to draw in the main shapes - don't be too
concerned with detail.
At each stage of the painting try to keep a balanced, finished look to
your work - view it as a complete composition rather than anything
to do with the subject.
|Step 2 - First Washes|
A warm wash of Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Sienna down the left hand side
repeats the colour of the Rice Paper. The same mixture is intensified and
strengthened with some Alizarin to paint the Terracotta pots (vary the
mixture slightly from pot to pot to keep it interesting)
Adding some Ultramarine to the mixture will produce the neutral gray for
the door and window opening.
|Step 3 - Adjusting Surfaces|
Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna and a small amount of Ultramarine give us
the warm brown/gray to wash over the inner wall surfaces, pushing them
back into the painting. These can be varied slightly in tone - a little
darker under the top balcony and around the foreground pots.
Stirring a tiny bit of Phthalo Blue into this mixture will give you the
color for the water at the bottom. While this wash is still wet a slightly
darker mix can be dropped in to suggest reflections
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