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Old 11-08-2017, 05:46 PM
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My First Watercolor

I started playing around with watercolors about a month ago. I was working with pastels, but I started having such problems with the dust, I needed to find an alternative. There are quite a few watercolor artists on here that really inspire me!

Have a question, I am having a hard time getting straight lines (like around the eyes, mouth) - the paint always seems to clump in spots and, for me, almost impossible to get a smooth finish. If I add too much water, I can't seem to get it dark enough, too little water - clumping. For this painting, I actually used a toothpick

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Old 11-08-2017, 11:24 PM
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Lovely CaliAnn. It sounds as if you need to dry brush more for those details. Use a very fine brush and use your wc with just enough water to make it fluid.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:59 AM
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CaliAnn. You certainly have a talent for watercolour so keep going. There are some lovely transitions of colour. I would use a rigger brush (the finest 00) and make sure your watercolour is the consistency of liquid cream. Did you do some masking for this painting?
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:41 AM
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This is lovely, I would never have guessed it was a first watercolour. I love the soft palette and the way the eyes stand out.

If your paint is clumping it suggests you are using it too dry - add the water a small amount at a time until you get the consistency you're happy with (as said above). I hope you continue to use watercolour
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Looks great.. can't say much about difficulty level, but it looks to me as negative space would take a lot of effort in watercolors...
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:09 AM
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Re: My First Watercolor

Thank you all for your kind comments.

chammi: No, didn't use masking fluid - I did try it a few times a couple of weeks ago and made an awful mess. Hubby said he's never heard me swear like a sailor before (we've been married 18 years) - that's how bad my experience with it was LOL!
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Cali-Ann, I also dislike using masking fluid. New experience for your hubby.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:23 PM
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I love it!
Beautiful job on the hair!
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:42 PM
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Re: My First Watercolor

I only wish my first wc was half this nice! I quit using pastels full time for that very reason: Dust! Plus a good pastelist friend developed a lung disease from the silicone. As for the wc, if fresh paint is not squeezed out to use with each painting, you can get clumpy parts, due to its drying properties. Each time you mist water over old paint to soften it up to use, it changes the pigment ratio. I never use masking fluid and always use a rigger or script liner. What color were you making the mouth/eyes with?
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:42 AM
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Re: My First Watercolor

Thank you Sandkey

Thanks Kay - I used W&N Vandyke brown - I also tried student grade Grumbacher paynes gray, but they both clumped, so it must be something I am doing wrong. I need a lot more practice and experience - but get awfully impatient!
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It is best to forego the tube neutrals such as Vandyke brown, Payne's, umber, etc., as these are heavy in minerals and are not transparent. For a nice dark the two combos that perform the best are ultramarine blue + quinacridone burnt orange (replaces the heavier burnt sienna earth color) for a warm dark, then for a cool dark use alizarin crimson + thalo green. The latter two are equally transparent and produce the best IMO. Student grades will always have more filler.
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:49 PM
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Re: My First Watercolor

Thanks Kay! I will try that next time I can buy some more paint - don't have those colors yet - own about 15 and most of them of student grade
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