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05-20-2013, 02:47 PM
Hi: I'm working on a painting from a pic I downloaded from wetcanvas, called blueteapotbodie.jpg, but I can't find it now, so here's the pic. Thanks to whoever posted it. This is the pic.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2013/46564-BlueTeaPotBodielarge_Custom.jpg

It's on Arches 140# c/p but wish I had used rough. So, I did another layer on the teapot and sprinkled salt on it but am not too thrilled with the result. How do I get the salt off it without wetting it again as it seems to be embedded.

I haven't started on the door yet as I'm not sure how to go about it. I do have more to do on the rest of it of course, like dry brushing.

Any help would be appreciated.

05-20-2013, 03:43 PM
Bodie! (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174782) I knew it!

This is a fine start, Scribblet, I think your biggest challenge on the background door is going to be getting just the right amount of wet-into-wet activity. You need the door to look soft focus, or it will barge forward and compete with your lovely old pot (the rust is awesome :thumbsup:). Might want to practice on a scrap of the same paper, and see how wet it must be to get a line of paint that spreads softly, but not so much that it vanishes. You're just about there on the floor, but that would still be too much detail for the background I think.

The space above the pot looks "empty" in the photo (a gap beside the door) but it's reading like a nearby wood panel in the painting. If this isn't your intent, might want to darken that area to push it back. (You might already be planning that, but thought I'd mention it.)

I'm looking forward to the finish!

05-20-2013, 03:52 PM
A great start Kathy.


05-20-2013, 04:03 PM
Keep it up. Nice try with the salt, I've only used salt a couple times, too. I was mostly not happy with the final result.

That is some crazy weird texture on that teapot in the photo. I'm not sure how I'd go about doing that. Dots from small brush on a semi-wet paper?

Good luck, that's an interesting subject for sure!

05-20-2013, 06:09 PM
Thank you all for your comments, I didn't realize it was a town called Bodie, I thought that was the member's name :angel:

I did think about that empty space, I was considering making it into another panel but decided to go with the advice and paint it dark. I'm not sure if this is finished or if needs more work.

I was sitting on the deck with a glass of wine (or 2) and it was getting hot... paper was drying too fast. Anyhoo, I think it's a wee bit darker than the photo.


05-20-2013, 08:16 PM
Works wwll, nicely done! :thumbsup:

05-21-2013, 04:43 AM
A good beginning> You are really going to love this once you get the dark value behind the teapot. You might want to try another blue wash over the entire teapot and then sprinkle with salt while it's still wet. (try it on a sample first if you're not sure what you're doing)

05-21-2013, 06:55 AM
Nice start on this...I would try glazing the pot with blue without adding any more salt to it. If you are having trouble getting the salt off, just rub with fingers...I use coarse salt when I use it and then always glaze a couple of coats on it afterwards to both tone down the salt effect and give the object more depth. Seems to work.
If you wanted to get the mottled effect, covering everything else and using a toothbrush to spray some paint on the pot might also work. You have to practice this technique to get good at it though. Good luck with this.


05-21-2013, 07:37 AM
I was wondering about another wash over the pot, but I won't use salt this time, it's a pain. I did use a coarser sea salt. I'll darken area at the back too, although the whole thing is a little darker then it appears.

Many thanks again, will post when I've done that, comments are much appreciated.

05-21-2013, 06:00 PM
Okay, did another layer and darkened it...