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Old 01-27-2005, 04:05 PM
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Paint-a-long a *NEGATIVE PAINTING*

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.




Colours used.

Permanent Rose & Lemon Yellow
Opera
Magenta
Sap green
Colbalt Blue
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
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Old 01-27-2005, 04:47 PM
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Re: Paint-a-long a *NEGATIVE PAINTING*

I'll be watching to see where this goes... interesting start
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Old 01-27-2005, 04:59 PM
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Re: Paint-a-long a *NEGATIVE PAINTING*

I'll post up to where I got tonight, as I'm working late tomorrow, so won't be around till Saturday........

When the painting is dry, lightly draw in some leaves....Hope I can explain this properly.......You want the close leaves to be more detailed fading the outer leaves into the background, Don't do to many...you don't want to take away from your flowers........with the washes already used, start by painting the spaces in between the leaves.



When dry..with darker shades, go back and paint the negative spaces in between the areas just done, crearing a 3d effect.....





















Helen please so join in, i'm lonely here.
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Old 01-27-2005, 05:29 PM
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Re: Paint-a-long a *NEGATIVE PAINTING*

This is looking good! Thank you for the WIP. I'm just sitting on the sidelines for this one--you are doing very well on your own
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Old 01-27-2005, 05:37 PM
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Re: Paint-a-long a *NEGATIVE PAINTING*

OK, I'm game. I'm headed over to the image library to find a reference photo. Don't know that I'll be able to get started until tomorrow though.
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Re: Paint-a-long a *NEGATIVE PAINTING*

Stephie,
Thanks for taking the time and the effort to do this...it is fascinating and really easy to understand (I need that)...its always very interesting to see how it should be done, as opposed to me just "winging it"....I shall follow this thread with complete enthusiasm....thank you and I can't wait for the next installment (just like the old serials!)

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You are doing a fantastic job Stephie, watching with enthusiasm. Can't paint right now as I am at work and if I don't do my challenge I will have both Kate and Pat chasing me with brooms, however, I do want to learn how to do this so I might try and sneak it in this weekend. So far looking fantastic.
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Just gave you my mentor points as this is so well done you deserve them.
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This is exciting to watch... I havnt had too much success with Neg painting so I am enjoying the process.
I love your color choices and where this is going
lead on....

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Re: Paint-a-long a *NEGATIVE PAINTING*

Stephie, this is going to be so much fun. I took a class on negative painting a year or so back and I still struggle with putting the concept to practice.
I will look for an image tomorrow.

Probably a good idea to place our images in this thread? That way you can keep track of what we are up to and make "encouraging" comments and keep me on track.

Cheers,

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Re: Paint-a-long a *NEGATIVE PAINTING*

I think this will be a fun project.And I think you are a good teacher.
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Pulling up a chair. Thanks for all the clear photos of your steps. I can tell this will be super.
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I'm with Amelia. Got my chair positioned. What a great lesson! Can't wait to see more. Thanks for the time.

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Hello I will be watching this. And even trying to paint along. Thanks Stephie
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Boiling the water for a cuppa and taking a seat!

This looks great, Steph.
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