Tuesday 2 November 2021
I am so excited to tell you about the wonderful new artists pigment links that I have had made. They come in three colours which are the same colours as the watercolours Shadow, Midnight Green, and a beautiful Midnight Blue.
The wonderful thing about these artists pigment inks is that you can create fabulous textures by just adding water to them. Yesterday was a sunny one, so I sat in my studio and made this short video which I hope will give you an idea of how to experiment with these inks. Use them along with your watercolour to create some exciting textures and let me know how you get on!
To buy these inks
Monday 5 October 2020
This year seems to have just slipped by unnoticed. It’s as if we’ve been spectators rather than participators. Any courses I had planned were eventually all postponed and had I known back in March that this was how the year would progress it would’ve seemed so much worse than it actually turned out to be.
I enjoyed my garden this summer probably more than any other year, I actually had time to sit and look at it, and I have read books too. (usually I only manage to do this on holiday)
It has been my intention to make some little video clips for you, however technology is not my strong point. If you had been able to see me trying to paint around my iPad which was perched on four paperback books you would be amazed I managed anything! So this little film I’ve done for you is of two quirky chickens. I have used the minimum of materials and the film is only five minutes long so if you do watch this, think of me precariously balanced hoping that the laptop will stay upright!
Three colours - Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, and Shadow.
Brush - my Pyramid brush but if you don't have one, use a round brush that has a good point.
The photo reference is on the video and this is the actual finished picture.... enjoy!
Monday 4 May 2020
Using this technique means that things don’t always go to plan, indeed sometimes its better not to have a plan but just 'go with the flow' as it were.
Below are a couple of tips taken from mid stages of this painting which you may find helpful.
You can spray an area to re-wet it and drop in more colour, tilt and move colour.
Once you have pushed the white sections away, paint will continue to flow between the areas.
Thin stalks pushed away with the Perspex brush handle, or a palette knife act as barriers so that colour will remain at either side of the line created, this means that once you have created a barrier you can add more pigment as it wont cross that line.
I thin this must surely be one of the most fun ways to play with watercolour as you lean about it.
I hope in the future when we are no longer in lock down, that I may be able to offer a workshop using these techniques, unless of course, you have mastered them in the meantime!
Have fun, stay at home and of course, stay safe.