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05-25-2000, 09:38 AM
HI! I am a new member here, although I have been keeping my eye on this website for some time now! It is fantastic! I have recently discovered the joy of waterolours! I love them. I have enthusiastically started a new still life with tomatoes in a frosted bowl, with an embossed design on the bowl. I masked all my highlights, and the embossing, when I realised, I have little or no idea of how to reproduce the frosted effect!! HELP! *grin* The colour of the tomatoes is hardly diminished by the glass, and yet the frosting is heavy enought to blurr all the details and shadows... how do I do this? I wondered if a final wash of white gouache would do it? hmmm When I tried to paint the tomatoes which are visible through the glass with just a lighter wash, it didn't look rich enough. Any assistance is appreciated!


05-25-2000, 06:11 PM
Hi Lynne and welcome to the wonderful world of watercolour! I recently had to do a painting that looked very misty...like the frosted glass. I tried two approaches:
1. starting with diffused colors ( adding some white but not enough to become opaque)
2. painting a thin wash of watercolour white over the completed and totally dry piece. It requires care, you don't want to "lift" the underlying colors.
PS: Almost forgot to mention I preferred the finished look of the second suggestion above.
Good luck....someone else may have different ideas here too! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol


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05-25-2000, 10:13 PM
I don't do water color, but wanna wish you a warm welcome Lynn. You will enjoy it here.

05-26-2000, 08:23 AM
Me too - welcome Lynne - good to have you aboard!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

05-26-2000, 11:33 AM
Thanks so much for the help and encouragement! I LOVE this place!! *smile*

05-26-2000, 04:55 PM
Welcome aboard Lynne,
If you use wet into wet for soft edges under the glass will help, also by dabbing carefully with a tissue will lift some paint and allow some white paper to show through to give the misty effect,

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[This message has been edited by Rod (edited May 26, 2000).]