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

adding watercolor crayons to watercolor

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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.

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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: https://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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{ 6 comments… add one }

  • 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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