View Full Version : No 7. - Inspiration by wnabors :)
After seeing wnabors doodle I was inspired to race out and buy some watercolor pencils and try the tap thingy....
My technique ended up the same as my charcoals/drawings (funny bout that). This is the first attempt (and yes it did go under the tap).
I though I'd use some masking fluid for the hilights...
MISTAKE #1: dont use masking fluid... you can see the result on the face and other hilight areas.
Next attempt, without hilights.....And.... Call me chicken, but the tap thingy didn't work for me so I used the TeAnne method with the spray bottle :o :o :o :o :o .
this was the result:
wooohooo...... my first ever watercolour, even though I did use pencils... I put the black matt around it and it finished it off nicely.
All hail the tap thingy (thanx wnabors), and the spray bottle (thanx TeAnne)...
Nothing like a session on WC to get you inspired... I'm gonna do another one tonight if I get time.
06-28-2001, 07:34 PM
:eek: the whole idea of the tap just scares me... I guess I'm a control freak, I move the colour about with a wet paint brush!
I really love these though, the first one has a wonderful effect, even with the masked areas... I think it adds to the charm.
Makes me want to pull my pencils out too.... I stopped working on paper when I found out how much it was to frame work for a show.... started working on box framed canvas that didn't need framing, now how I yern to go back to paper tapped to my easel.
Did you try drawing on wet watercolour paper? that makes interesting effects also.
06-28-2001, 07:47 PM
THIS is what this site is good for!! (if I ever peel myself away that is).
I think both pieces are very interesting. First of all good for you for trying it. Second, I think the masking on the first piece adds a different but interesting effect. Looked like you scanned it and went in digitally or something. So bold but it's got a 'flavor' of it's own just maybe not what you were expecting. Bold. I think it's neat. The second piece is incredible. Very strong. You should be so pleased. Can't wait to see more of this work and I can't blame you for wanting to do it right away. I'm thinking I'd like to go indulge in some waterplay myself!!!!
In the second one I plaid with a little wet on wet (the right hand side)... I need to do more of this.. I have always kept away from watercolours (even though I have all the books) because I always though it was so unforgiving... Now I love them.. none of that messy oily stuff to cleen up :D
Regards the framing... heres a tip. I am Aussie living in the States for a short time on a work assignment. Here they have "Micheals" craft stores. We have similar in Australia, and I guess you would have the same in NZ. Here you can get those yukky (I call them Parlour prints) prints, pre framed in a 16 x 20 format for $19.99.... Buy one, rip out the print and replace with your own drawing etc... you get frame, backing, matt and glass all for $20. All you have to do is make sure your work will fit into a 16x20 matt, and Bobs your uncle
06-28-2001, 09:41 PM
thanks for the tip....
you guys have made me want to pull out my watercolour pencils tonight!
I've always used watercolour and gouache, just moving into acrylics now... oils seem so messy, and since I paint in my bedroom, I'm probably best to stick to the simple stuff until I get a 'real' workspace!
ahhh I love how this place makes me WANT to paint!:D
06-29-2001, 12:36 AM
I have but one comment.... I want more!!! I like them both. Now, I have a new medium on my list to try, just as soon as I get a handle on these pastels. :clap: :clap: :clap:
OK Guys... That masked area was really getting to me.... So I got at it with some sandpaper.. (found that little trick here on WC :) )
now its hanging on my wall :D
06-29-2001, 11:46 AM
Excellent :) I know I have mentioned the spray method but I can't remember when and on which one I did. Please tell me? :cat:
Hey Pete, I know that Sydney is ahead of Perth but by 2 days??????? LOLOLOL Re- the July project. :evil:
Actually Sydney is ahead of Perth by 2 decades ......LOL
06-29-2001, 12:17 PM
Originally posted by PJL
Actually Sydney is ahead of Perth by 2 decades ......LOL Thats because we don't have daylight saving. http://www.mpz.co.uk/cwm/otn/happy/flash.gif
06-29-2001, 12:20 PM
I just have to chime in and say that I ABSOLUTLY LOVE the second one (TeAnnes spray bottle one).
I find myself just staring............huh? whu?....sorry!
Would you mind if I copy this to my 'puter and print it out? Gotta ask first.
06-29-2001, 12:20 PM
WOW! This is amazing! I never knew you could do that with watercolors pencils! I do watercolors in the traditional way (you know paint on the brush...).
I have never been able to force my watercolour pencils to produce a watercolor effect... I am inspired to try again by this and wnabors example!
Can't wait to get home...
Thanks everyone.... Now you can see why I'm so inspired..
A BIG thanx to Bill Nabors...and his experimentation :clap:
Todd.. I don't mind if you download, but be aware.. all this was an experiment for me so I got some reference photos from the web.. Thats why these works can never be sold... or even publicly exhibited. This is the problem with lack of models.
One piece of good news though.. A couple of my wives friends saw the works last night and have both agreed to model for me..
I am officially retiring my charcoals/pencils for a little while..
06-29-2001, 12:47 PM
.. A couple of my wives friends saw the works last night and have both agreed to model for me..
:eek: YOU ARE MY HERO!!!! :D
I'll get you a list of phone #'s from my wife. Will you call her friends for me???
08-06-2001, 01:46 AM
wow...you took my lil experiment and ran with it...these are WONDERFUL...i got some other silly things i've tried..i'll see if I can find em..
say PJ...where in Tx are you?
Thanks.... Take quite a bit of the credit... It was your idea that sparked my creative streak :)...
I'm in Kingwood, 10 mins Nth of George Bush airport in Houston...
08-09-2001, 09:19 PM
PJL Chocolate or vanilla, which is best? Everything in art is subjective, but I REALLY like your first peice. It's moody, mysterious and compelling. In my view..no contest.:)
Just a quickie (as this is my first time and I have only just registered). Love the colour and vibrancy which makes them all almost magical. I absolutely love the humour that runs through the comments, really gave me a chuckle......was at work at the time, did me the power of good!
By the way......lets us all remember that we are only limited by our imagination. Just go for it!!!!!!
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