View Full Version : Other uses for plastic bags in watercolor...

Lady Artist
09-11-2000, 10:42 PM
Scrunch them up and dab into wet washes for great texture.

Also, lay them on top of a wet wash and leave to dry -- another great texture trick.

If you don't like the results, you can always crumple up the picture, stuff it in the plastic bag and dispose! ;- )

09-11-2000, 11:22 PM
Excellent idea,
beats washing them off under the tap,

Lady Artist
09-12-2000, 07:57 AM
Got a chuckle out of your response. Somehow I've never gotten to the desperate point where I would actually wash off a mistake under the tap! There is something so much more satisfying about taking out my frustration on the paper and tearing it up or stuffing it in the circular file! LOL!
Maybe I'll try your washing-off method just once and see if it gives me a good background to improve upon!
Here's smiling atcha!

09-13-2000, 06:19 AM
The circular file works well for me..but in times of great frustration I seem to feel much better simply tearing it into tiny pieces LOL
http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol (wish I had a shredder)..........

09-13-2000, 07:20 AM
as i'm italian and my english isn't perfect, i don' understand http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/confused.gif what Rod means writing:
"washing them off under the tap".
Please, coluld you explain?
thank you, i love any experiment in w/c!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif ciao, rapolina.

Lady Artist
09-13-2000, 01:38 PM
Rapolina, it means taking the mistake you made in your watercolor painting and putting it under the faucet of running water and washing it off. A teacher made me do that once and I have never wanted to do it ever again. It was green paint on a very large piece of paper and it stained the whole thing. Yet she made me proceed. Guess I am a bit defiant! LOL! Yes, the circular file is much more satisfying as one has the satisfaction of ripping something to shreds first as someone else mentioned. Catharsis.

Lady Artist
09-13-2000, 01:42 PM
PS: Rapolina, how lucky you are! You live in "Art Heaven"! Oh, to be surrounded by the art you have around you! Whenever I go to a museum I cannot be contacted by sirens and/or bells! I am really "into" it! I was most fortunate to recently visit art galleries in England and still am awed by the sense of History in the art.

09-14-2000, 01:57 AM
Thanks for those tips http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I wonder if saran wrap will work as well? Oh, I just had a long confrontation with the circular file yesterday....lol Spent about 10 min tearing a piece in tiny sections and chucking them one at a time at the bin. It was a most rewarding exercise http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


09-14-2000, 11:49 AM
hey all,

sass-if you have seen some of my watercolor work, I use saran wrap, or cellophane, in almost all of them. I love the textures and values it creates, plus they are totally chaotic and unrepeatable.

Also, I regularly wash off unsuccessful watercolor paintings. I can't afford to waste paper, and I do find that it invariably leaves a stain. That is not always bad, though, it leaves you a refernce as to what you were painting if you want to start the same image over, or can challenge you to find unusual ways to integrate your mistake into something finished.

My feeling is that once I start something, I must finish it, no throwing anything away. This keeps me thoughtful about correcting errors, and more careful in the future not to make the same mistakes.

just my way,

The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeables evaporate, from their being in close relationship with beauty and truth. --John Keats

[This message has been edited by jnet11 (edited September 14, 2000).]

09-15-2000, 12:30 AM
I put a stupid background on an OK painting and washed the whole thing in the tub. When it was under water, I just agitated the background and most of it came off but not much of the foreground that I left alone. Anyway, it worked for me.

I've also used sarah wrap - worked pretty cool.