Project 1 – floral, wet in wet with salt and plastic food wrap
Paint: Van Gogh colours: Viridian ( very strong green), Ulramarine Blue, Madder Lake Deep, Lemon Yellow, Paynes Grey (only for centres)
Paper: 300gms Windsor & Newton
Brushes: #14 + very small
- Draw 3 large flower shapes of different sizes 2/3 of the way up the paper (flowers should touch the edges of the painting)
- Turn painting upside-down and paint top section (not flowers) with water only
- Drop in lemon yellow blending to madder lake + ultramarine on the left sprinkle on salt in definite areas (don't sprinkle all over - it's not pizza!)
- Draw in some effects with water soluble crayon
- Turn paper right way up and paint bottom area (not flowers) with water
- Drop in blue + madder on the right and viridian on the left
- Place food wrap on one section (IMPORTANT place before the paint begins to dry - don't use over the whole area and ) - think in diagonals, these will form your stems and leave shapes
- Put aside & allow to dry naturally (you can't use the hairdryer as the salt flies off!)
- When all the paint is dry remove salt and plastic food wrap
- Paint some shadows on the flowers where the petals overlap with very pale paynes grey. Try not to make all the shadows the same size and shape!
- Allow to dry
- Decide where the centres of the flowers will be (not all the same size and in a horizontal line) and paint an area larger than your centre with water
- Mix a strong paynes grey and literally drop on to the water
- Draw the lines radiating from the centres and some dots - use irregular lines try not to make them look like spiders!
Project 2 - removing paint with a paper towel
Paper: Fabriano 300gms watercolour paper
Colours: Van Gogh watercolour tubes in ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, madder lake deep, raw sienna
- Paint the sky with a mixture of ultramarine and cerulean. Allow the colours to mix on the paper. Paint so that there is only clean water above the horizon and add in a very very light wash of raw sienna.
- Whilst the paint is still wet remove paint on cloud forms with a paper towel. It is a light movement, be careful not to rub too hard you will destroy the surface of the paper.
- Paint in the far mountains with Madder lake + ultra marine - this should not be a dark colour(colours get lighter the further away they are. (click for aeriel perspective)
- Wash out in some places so that there is not a strong purple horizontal line.
- Continue with ultramarine + raw sienna while mountains are still wet
- Add in the lake. Water reflects the sky colour but add more cerulean that ultramarine. Leave a thin white line on the far shoreline to denote reflections. Don't worry if the paint runs over the foreground (this will be a dark colour anyway)
- Paint in the foreground with raw sienna + ultramarine. Avoid painting the same colour across the whole of the foreground.
- Add splatter with a toothbrush and some grasses with a very fine brush
- If your bush has no "birdholes" add a very thick white gouache in "V" shapes