Playing in the grass,
watercolor and mixed media on paper, mounted on board
24 x 24 inches
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.
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/
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.
To apply masking fluid I did use a brush soaked in water and rubbed against a soap.
This is the grass background with wet in wet mixes of green, yellow ocher and burnt umber.
I then worked on the trees foliage, leaving space unpainted for the trunks
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.
Then I start taking off the masking fluid.
and painting the grass with a mix of green, yellow, blue, brown
Working on the grass.
The green I used is a mix of Viridian green and either Cadmium lemon or yellow ocher.
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.
Here is a close up of the textures I am building with watercolor crayons.
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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