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Chloe_1
10-07-2007, 12:20 PM
This is a read only copy. The original post can be found HERE. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=450717)

Hi everyone!
This is my first demo here in Wet Canvas.
I've only been working with this technique for a short while; but felt it was relatively easy to learn, and wanted to share it with everyone, as some expressed interest in wanting to learn it.
I'm still experimenting with different papers; but this demo that I will be doing we will use mulberry and unryu paper (japanese paper).

The fall theme I will show here was done with mulberry paper, which I posted here in WDE a few weeks ago.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_1949.jpg
When I did this painting on the Fall theme, I didn't let the layers dry thru, and kind of just let the colors flow into one another. I did however, go over it in some areas like the red leaf on the bottom right, and top left to give it a little bit of a punch after it was dry; but not on the entire painting.
It gives it a soft feel to it reminescence of the leaf softly falling ending the summer cycle.
Someone commented that it reminded them of leaves gently flowing in the water.
If you let the layers dry thru the colors will be brighter.

The water lily (photo courtesy of Kathryn8 from the Reference Photo Library), was done with unryu japanese paper. The textures between the mulberry and unryu are very different. I find that the unryu as nice thick fibres in the paper, and gives it beautiful textures.
This one was done with gouache, acrylic, watercolor and silver ink.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2020-1.JPG


This magnolia was also done on Unryu paper with gouache, acrylic and silver ink.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_1981.jpg
Guanyin done in gouache, watercolor,and gold paint.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2018.JPG
As you can see the creative flow is endless.
I love working with these two papers; but I am working mostly with the unryu presently. I love it's thick fibres, and the textural quality it produces.

I will list materials I've been using. You don't need the exact brand I am using. I like to use high quality artist products.The most important think is the papers.
You can start by buyin a sheet of both to work with and feel the different textural quality of each.


MATERIALS

1.UNRYU JAPANESE PAPER OR MULBERRY PAPER
2.GOUACHE~ WINSOR & NEWTON DESIGNER GOUACHE
~ACRYLA.. ARTIST ACRYLIC POLYMER (BY HOLBEIN MADE IN JAPAN)
~MAIMERI GOUACHE
~MAIMERI **DEEP GOLD GOUACHE** FOR OUTLINE
~MAIMERI WATERCOLOR~
~WINSOR & NEWTON WATERCOLOR
3. HYBRID GEL ROLER~ GOLD AND SILVER.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2021.JPG
4. ACRYLIC (OPTIONAL)
5. PAINTBRUSH

***NOTE***~ THE GOLD PAINT CAN BE REPLACE BY THE GOLD OR SILVER GEL ROLLER. I AM USING PENTEL GEL ROLLER, AND YOU CAN SEE A PHOTO ABOVE.
ALL OF THE ABOVE CAN BE USED OR YOU MAY DECIDE TO JUST USE GOUACHE.
I LOVE EXPERIMENTING WITH DIFFERENT MEDIAS, AND THIS IS WHAT I USED; BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE ALL THAT IS LISTED ABOVE;-)))
GOUACHE ,THE PAPERS, AND SILVER AND GOLD INK ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT.
I FIND THE GEL ROLLER WORKS QUITE WELL.



I will stop here for now, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me.

Next time, I will start the demo, and hope you can join me.:cat:

lmmilam
10-07-2007, 10:19 PM
What interesting effects you achieve with this paper! :clap:

I can't wait for the instructions.. I already have the paper, just never knew all the possibilities.. I only use it for backgrounds in some of the cards I make!

Chloe_1
10-09-2007, 12:03 AM
Thanks for joining Li,Eyepaint,Angie,LJW, Artastic and Immilam. There's one thing I forgot to mention for the materials. You need a charcoal pencil. I will tell you in a minute what you use it for.
You will notice that on your paper there's a smooth side and a rougher side.

The smooth side, which is the back side of the paper, is the side you use for drawing your pictures.
I've chosen two photos from the reference library.

The first one will be on the unryu paper, and on this one I chose to do a cute little gargoyle sculpture, photo courtesy from TeAnne
Unryu paper literally means "Cloud Dragon Paper" It has long swirling fibers.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2022.JPG

The second is on the mulberry paper . As you can see it's much more fibrous than the unryu. It'a a little more challenging to draw on it; but can be done;-)). On this one I will do a butterfly and coneflower photo courtesy of Li :cat:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2023.JPG

Once you've chosen your photo, draw it in detail on the back of your unryu, and mulberry paper with the charcoal pencil.

Chloe_1
10-10-2007, 08:01 PM
Once you've done your detailed drawing on the back of your papers, use your silver or gold pen to trace it on the front of the paper. The drawing will look reverse in the front.
Here are my two drawings done in silver gel pen.

The cute little gargoyle on unryu
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2024.JPG

and

The butterfly on coneflower
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2025.JPG

The fun begins on the next step:)

Chloe_1
10-10-2007, 08:59 PM
Once the inks are traced on the front of the paper, turn your paper on to the initial drawing(the back) . Use your paintbrush and wet the entire paper. Now, this is where you start applying your paint.

First I've wet the paper on the back of the paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2026.JPG

When you turn it to the front you see the silver ink seems to float above the paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2027.JPG

Turn it to the back again, and apply your paint. For this one I used maimeri and Winston & Newton watercolors. You can choose any waterbase paint, which works well.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2028.JPG

Once you've finished designing your background , turn it to the front, and let it sit to dry completely

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2029.JPG

The same thing was done with the butterfly, and coneflower.
With the mulberry the silver comes thru; but very faintly.

First wet the back
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2030.JPG

When you finish designing your background, turn it to the front and let it sit to dry completely

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2031.JPG

Chloe_1
10-12-2007, 09:46 PM
This is the unryu paper

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2032.JPG

This is the mulberry paper

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2033.JPG


Currently I am working small . The paintings and demos are 5x6

Chloe_1
10-13-2007, 09:55 AM
The last post is not the accurate post.
It was an error, and will be deleted.
This is the last post on the gargoyle.
You paint until your satisfied with your work.
I used ultramine blue & white gouache, payne's grey, transparent mars brown, scarlet, and ink for the gargolye.

You can trace again with silver to bring out more depth.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2040_2.JPG

Chloe_1
10-13-2007, 09:56 AM
This is the butterfly on mulberry paper in it's initial painting phase.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2007/68155-68155-IMG_2037-1.jpg

I used a combination of gouache, watercolor, acrylic,gold paint and silver ink.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2007/68155-IMG_2041.JPG

I hope you enjoyed this demo.
I would like to give credit to Wendy Wilkinson, an artist from Alexandria, Virginia, who inspired me to this technique.
Her work is amazing.
This is her homepage
http://www.wlwilkerson.com/