.....another small wash painted on plastic coated inkjet paper . The paint was applied with a brush and a printing roller .From a distance the pattern created reminds me of a night time view of a glass façade . The plastic coated surface of the printing paper is fascinating to work on .It appears to be very similar to working on Yupo and other synthetic papers - here's a link about synthetic paper on handprint.com http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/paper4.html It would be interesting to develop this wash by wiping/lifting off areas creating hard edges and adding additional layers .
"mark making" ..... I recently created 50 small watercolour washes rapidly in one session experimenting with a printing roller /brush and watercolour on off cuts of gloss printing paper ...the results are very mixed and interesting . I'll post a sample of some of the washes which hopefully will give you an insight into the process .
Here I simply added watercolour to the fine foam ( washing up liquid + water ) in the sink .
A sheet of paper was laid over the top of the fine bubbles .
As the bubbles burst a delicate imprint of the bubbles was left on the paper - some of the bubbles burst on the paper . Hopefully the photos show this . This pattern reminded me of the pattern of flox glove petals.
The paper was left to dry .. The effects vary with the type and quality of the paper..... here I used Canson Fontenay 300g/m2 . (I could have carried on working on this whilst it is still wet ) .
WIP AND TEXTURAL SWATCH blowing bubbles with straw and printing on paper
A mix of watercolour pigment + washing up liquid + water in a container were blown with a straw to create a mass of large bubbles .
A sheet of paper was laid over the top of the bubbles ( the pattern will vary with the placement of the paper and type of paper - there are lots of options to play with you can place the whole sheet or just part over the bubbles. Moving the paper whilst the bubbles burst is also interesting . )
As the bubbles burst a delicate random imprint of the bubbles was left on the paper - some bubbles burst on the paper . Hopefully the photos above show this and the variation of the imprint . The images are very pale (more pigment can be added if a darker value is required .)
The paper is left to dry . The effects vary with the type and quality of the paper. . Here I used a smooth good quality printing paper which worked well I also used a fine cardboard with a smooth surface that made very fine prints .( I'm looking for an economical solution to work with children . It would be interesting to hear from anybody who has tried a variety of papers.)
Beautiful effects can be achieved repeating the process with the superimposition of the bubble patterns.
WIP AND TEXTURAL SWATCH superimpostion of bubbles on paper
Above I placed the residue of the bubble mix (watercolour + washing up liquid and water ) onto a few of the swatches I made above. The organic patterns are fascinating . You can charge the bubbles with other colours and bubbles whilst the bubbles are drying on the paper . An alternative which kids love is to blow the bubble mixture with colour onto paper and watch the bubbles burst on the paper.
more bubbles! ...exploring a few different techniques and applications to create textures with bubbles and watercolour .
last residuemono- printingtextural swatches + work in progress
"kids play" ....more textural swatches watercolour + shaving cream/foam .... mono printing / marbling with shaving foam and watercolour is great fun for kids ....a smalll quanity of shaving foam and one colour went a long way and created some interesting patterns and forms .
I've only just received my copy of
January 2014 SAA PAINT magazine . It's lovely to have had one of my watercolours "ESPRESSO POT" published alongside other SAA members work as an example of “metal objects” for this year's SAA challenge “On reflection" ... "getting to grips with painting metal painting surfaces ".
If you'd like to join in with the challenge you can find full details of this
year's SAA challenge HERE or
I'm keen to tackle simple interior views so I've decided to start at home "casa" .This low key sketch is of a few of our cast iron and mild steel pots and pans hanging from the dark old timber beams in the kitchen . Each day the arrangement changes.
section of mountains iii plein air watercolour sketch Fabriano Artistico GRANA FINA - COLD PRESS
......posting a few of my first plein air watercolour sketches of the New Year .... there was very little snow at the beginning of the week in the mountains the cold grey overcast sky enhanced the colours of the trees .... it was a treat to sketch outside .... ongoing challenge.
WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS and CREATIVE 2014!
"made by hand" .....a busy week prunning our old vines and making Christmas wreaths with the beautiful long branches of the grape vines ...... wishing all my blog readers and friends a very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year !
continuation of exploration of Greek Antiquity #2 , Olympia .. simple rhythm and texture of a mutule .
Rectangular block under the soffit of the cornice of the Greek Doric temple,
which is studded with guttae. It is supposed to
represent the piece of timber through which the wooden pegs were driven in order
to hold the rafter in position, and it follows the sloping
rake of the roof. In the Roman
Doric order the mutule was horizontal, with sometimes a crowning fillet, so that
it virtually fulfilled the purpose of the modillion in the Corinthian