For another week in the studio, and ready to go. This week is going to be full. This past weekend was a bit hectic and here’s why:
You know what’s really scary?
Finding your laundry room flooded, and having to call for a repairman at Christmas time.
You know what is really satisfying? Having spent the extra money for extended warranty, and the repair man comes on Tuesday.
And last but not least….the whites have been done so everyone has clean underwear.
It’s the little things!
Todays medium is “Texture”. Winsor & Newton Water Colour Texture Medium to be exact. This adds a fine grit or sand like feel to your art. It goes on alone, or as a base, it can even be mixed into your paint, however you prefer to do it. It does have a textured feel, and you can removed by rubbing your finger across it or with water, so if you get it on an area that you did not intend it will rub off.
I used it as a base, applying it first on my paper. I had to be carful when I applied my wash, as it started to migrate. So, my advise to you is to beware, it will move about, and play with it as much or as LITTLE as you need to achieve the required results.
You can see in this image that the pigment will collect around the sandy texture, and give a wonderful appearance of a rough surface. So its not just up to the “feel” but it is also viewable.
The Second Layer or Wash
Being careful in not moving the texture medium too much, I applied another layer and worked with making the grain of the wood. I created a few knots etc, to add more character. You can always apply more texture to your image and work it up how ever you like. Add this to your art journal and keep a record of your experiments so that you can see how the medium interacts with your paint. This is important because memory will not supply you with all that you need. Keep consistency in the image and work with the same paper that you will be using for the finial image.
Summing It All Up
Texture is not just in feel, it is in how something looks. The visual will cause the brain to fill in the gaps. I look forward to using this medium in my images, and give this a 2 thumbs up. I didn’t think that I would like it or find it useful, but I have changed my mind. I see a LOT of potential for this in my studio.
Recently, I had stumbled across a fellow blogger, and low and behold they also are doing a moon phase so you may want to check out 1961.9 Life in (H2O) Colour, who is thinking about doing some tutorials on moons, and who has already posted some examples. Evidently we are swimming in the same inspiration pool.
Until next time have a creative week, day or moment, just have one.
Edith Schmidt Art!