I have often thought, I take so much from WC and never seem to give…..I have progressed so far since being here, from all the help and advice being freely given, and have often wanted to do the same for others…..so here goes
….I have never tried this before, but thought as I was embarking on new techniques (for me), others in the same boat might like to join in…..I’m not sure if this will turn out as planned, but hey, that’s the way we learn.
I was bought a new book by my son before xmas, Painting Flowers and Plants by Janet Whittle so decided to try an exercise from it. I have been wanting to try a few new techniques such as a pour and negative painting, Janet uses these in this book.
I will try to include as many snaps and instructions as I can, if I leave any out, shout.
You will need a ref photo, pref of a group of 2 or 3 flowers to start. I used a ref photo from the RIL by Rod……many thanks Rod.
I substituted my own colours, as I bought some new Holbien Paints last year after reading a book by Tom Lynch and falling in love with some of the colours he uses. This is very different for me, much brighter and bolder and a little looser…..When I work from a ref photo, I always turn it to black and white first. I generally choose my own colours so I find a colour photo too distracting.
Permanent Rose & Lemon Yellow
Viridian & Winsor Blue
Viridian & Burnt Umber
Opera & Magenta
1. You will need to use at least 140lb paper, I have used Arches here.
2. Stretch the paper onto the board.
3. Draw your design onto the paper. Don’t put in too much detail. Just the main flowers and a few leaves.
4. Now mix your paints ready. These are going to be used wet in wet, so they need to be a little stronger, as they will dry much lighter.
5. You can if you wish cover your flowers in masking fluid, or around all the edges. I just wet mine up to the edges of the flowers including any leaves you have drawn.
6. Whilst paper is very wet, drop in your colours with a large brush. Then tip your board to help merge the colours……..and pray…..
You must let this thoroughly dry..........
Pics are a little dark as it's night time here........BBL