Saturday, August 19, 2017

How to Use Washi Tape to Enhance Design

Washi Tape adds clean lines to any painting---
Hello, everyone! Today's post is all about a trend I've noticed on social media. I follow, and she has several paintings where she sectioned portions of her paper into geometric shapes. Then in each area, she paints little motifs in a variety of colors.

For my painting above, I wanted to capture the transition between summer and approaching fall. On this particular day, July 31, we were expecting a 'cold front.' About six days later, the front provided relief from the summer heat. I decided to capture that by using cool colors in some of the sections and warm colors in other sections.

Neglected collection of Washi Tape
In order to get the crisp lines, I use Washi tape. I have several rolls that I'm not all that crazy about, so I use them for various reasons, like holding dies in place for card-making, or in this case, masking off sections of watercolor paper to create vignettes.

Washi tape creates various polygons...
To begin, I section off my journal page using random widths of tape and angles. I am careful to place the tape as straight as I can. I also look to make certain my angles are sharp. Because I'm exploring, my designs are totally random.

Angles and triangles...

The next step is to watercolor! For each section, I applied clean, clear water. Then I dropped in paint to allow the colors to flow. For the second painting, I used a new set of QoR watercolors. I love how all of the colors flow and blend! After removing the tape, I wasn't really pleased with the wider gaps between each section. So I put it aside for a couple of days to figure out what to do next.

The reveal...
As I examined the gaps, I thought, hmmm, they are wide enough to letter in, so I decided to incorporate a quote into the design, That helped the piece feel more connected.

The final product
What I learned from this is it is always good to play with the supplies you have on hand. You never know where exploring will take you. I'm not finished with this notion of using Washi to create paintings. This session taught me a lot about what I like and don't like about using this technique. I cannot wait to explore some more!

Let me know if you try this technique. I'd love to see your project. If you post on Instagram, please tag me @caboney1 so I'll be sure to see your creation! Until next time, paint your heart out!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Watercolor Wednesday #20: Mixing Greens

This journey has taken me places I never dreamed I would go. I started out only
wanting to paint watercolor wreaths. What I have found out is...there is so much to learn
before event attempting to paint a watercolor wreath!
Hello and welcome to another Watercolor Wednesday! This post is partially about my journey learning watercolor. I've learned so much so far...but I also know that I have barely scratched the surface. What a delightful trip I've had so far! The painting above is merely a sketch. I am experimenting with mixing my own greens, and I was inspired by Angela Fehr's challenge: Green Acres.

You can find out more about this challenge by following this link: Watercolor Summer Challenge with Angela Fehr. You still have one more week to enter to win prizes. This week's challenge ends on Monday, August 7th. In her video she goes into detail about mixing primary colors to obtain various shades of green.

Green Acres Challenge--Ends August 7, 2017

For my own challenge, I decided to use three different yellows and one blue. My yellows were Pale Yellow, New Gamboge, Quint. Gold, and Cobalt Blue. Below are photos of the colors before and after mixing.

The pure colors...

...yielded at least 5 greens!!
Mixing my own greens have several advantages. To begin with, using premixed greens and attempting to vary the hues actually resulted 'more of the same' in my mind. I usually needed to add stronger blues or deeper yellows to the premixed greens to get variation. Because I used only one blue, I know that some of the mixed colors are quite similar, but they do react differently as I paint with them. For example, New Gamboge and Cobalt blue tended to separate on the paper and create lovely variations of the green without much effort. I also know that if I added a touch of Cobalt into the leaves, my depth and variation would be more unified. I have only just begun experimenting, and already I'm loving the results!

What are your go-to premixed greens? What are your favorite yellows and blues to use to mix your own greens? Please leave a comment below--I'd love to hear from you. Until next time, paint your heart out!