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Watercolor and mixed media painting tutorial : Playing in the grass.

adding watercolor crayons to watercolor
Playing in the grass, watercolor and mixed media on paper, mounted on board

Playing in the grass,
watercolor and mixed media on paper, mounted on board
24 x 24 inches

 

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I really like mounting watercolors on board, I can have the advantages of watercolor, a very fluid way of painting, and then still have a painting that can hang on the wall without frame or glass.

I also quite like the look of varnish on top of watercolor, I think it brings out contrasts and looks very good.

 

So this is my latest watercolor and mixed media painting on paper, I used traditional watercolors, then a bit of gouache mixed with watercolor and watercolor crayons. Here is a detailed step by step tutorial followed by a time lapse video where you can see the painting process.

I started by making my drawing on the paper and then I mounted that paper on the board.

I started by making my drawing on the paper and then I mounted that paper on the board.

mounting watercolor paper on board

To mount my paper on the board I followed the process explained in that post: http://paintingdemos.com/2012/10/16/mountin-watercolor-paper-on-board/

preserving whites with masking fluid

Once everything had time to dry, I did preserve a few white areas in the trees and also isolated a few grasses with masking fluid so I could paint a background in that grass section of the painting.

Applying masking fluid

To apply masking fluid I did use a brush soaked in water and rubbed against a soap.

painting the grass background

This is the grass background with wet in wet mixes of green, yellow ocher and burnt umber.

painting the trees foliage

I then worked on the trees foliage, leaving space unpainted for the trunks

Painting the trunks and adding texture.

I painted the trunks with a mix of brown, blue, orange and red, mixing colors on the paper and then once in a while in the painting process would ad a few drips to let the paint move and add interesting textures.

before removing the masking fluid I sprinkle the painting with water and watercolor paint to add interesting textures.

Before removing the masking fluid I sprinkle the painting with water and watercolor paint to add interesting textures.

removing masking fluid

Then I start taking off the masking fluid.

and painting the grass with a mix of green, yellow, blue, brown

and painting the grass with a mix of green, yellow, blue, brown

working on the grass.

Working on the grass.

The green I used is a mix of Viridian green and either Cadmium lemon or yellow ocher.

The green I used is a mix of Viridian green and either Cadmium lemon or yellow ocher.

adding watercolor crayons to watercolor

Then I want to accentuate the contrast in the grass area by making the background darker and more complex. I scribble on that background with a dark green watercolor crayon being careful not to draw on the grass blades.

building texture with watercolor crayons

Here is a close up of the textures I am building with watercolor crayons.

Playing in the grass, watercolor and mixed media on paper, mounted on board

the last step is to add a few more drips, including some with gouache and then finish removing all the masking fluid in the trees foliage.

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  • mercedes June 11, 2013, 9:08 am

    it has been very interesting to me learning to paint the grass, it’s very instructive. thankyou very much.

  • Stephanie Quattrini January 9, 2013, 4:54 pm

    Hi Sandrine,
    This is a very inspirational example of creating with watercolour which I have always found a difficult medium to use. I am going to try it on a much smaller project (to start with) and see how I get on.
    Thank you.

    • Sandrine Pelissier January 9, 2013, 6:38 pm

      Thanks Stephanie, I am glad you liked the post. I find it a good idea to start smaller, then you feel more free to experiment and don’t have to worry about the cost of the supplies or the time invested.

  • Luca Macovei December 16, 2012, 10:18 am

    Coucou Sandrine,
    Comment ça va? C’est moi, Luca. J’aimerais bien prendre des cours d’aquarelle avec toi. Tes tableaux sont magnifiques! Bisous.

    • Sandrine Pelissier December 16, 2012, 11:10 am

      Merci Luca! On va essayer d’organiser quelque chose alors :-) bonnes vacances de Noël!

  • Paula Bennett November 15, 2012, 12:12 pm

    Like the way you’re mixing media. I’m finding the graphics take a long time to load. Perhaps you could make them around 500 megs.

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