This morning, prior to heading out for a few odds and ends at my local store, I thought that I would head up to the studio and play around with some simple sketching. This turned into something that was akin to playing with every watercolor, and this intern developed into a mess. But a learning mess.
Is one of the better mediums that you can invest in. It is wonderful for just going back over your image, with a wet brush, and a paper towel, and lifting off some of the pigment, to create that lighter or illuminated look. I love this because some times I tend to over work, and then need to remove some of the pigment just a little.
Example on Reflective or Glass Subjects
Here is an example that I created. I will add this to my art journal, you can see I have already started to make my notes.
I over worked this image purposefully to see if the color could be lifted from the paper and how cleanly it would come off. I applied the lifting Prep. and then allowed it to dry as per the instructions on the bottle. I only applied it to the area that I had previously sketched out for the glass. I then worked the glass and back ground, lifting off the pigment from the glass as I went. I used a spray bottle, filled with water, to soften the paint and then used a tissue to remove the pigment in the area that I wanted the reflection.
Working on Natural Subjects
I worked up this rose later in the day just to see if it could be used in a more natural looking way. The worked well to remove color . I can see some very good possibilities using this, and it will become a staple in my studio. It does create a skin between the brush and the paper. This may or may not be noticeable with every artist. Some pluses with this medium was I did not get the paper deterioration that you can get with rubbing and scraping the paper to remove the pigment.
Well that all folks. Thank you again for joining me here in the studio. I will see you on Monday. Tomorrow I will be heading to the movies to see the James Bond movie. Until then have a creative weekend.