Watercolor doesn’t have to be serious and technical all the time, have fun experimenting with watercolor , spirograph and zentangle designs on ARTiful, painting demos
Here are some techniques you can try with watercolor, mixed media and spirograph.
Here are the steps you can take to paint this first postcard.
Start by taping the postcard onto a small board with masking tape so it will be easier to work and you will get cleaner sides when the painting is done.
Paint the background first, with a wet in wet technique, letting the colors blend on the paper.
I used Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Lemon Yellow Sap green and a bit of burnt sienna.
If you want to to add texture and complexity to the background, drip alcohol onto the watercolor wash.
Wait for the wash to dry.
Next step is the fun part with an hypotrochoid set (spirograph)
Add a few patterns, here I used with the green pen that comes with the set and try a few ones with a white gel pen, they don’t show very much.
Then draw the outline of a tree with a pencil and paint in white all the negative space using white Copic White ink and a brush.
All the negative space has been painted in white, some of the spirograph design are still visible through the paint, which I find is a nice effect. You could also use acrylic paint to paint the negative space. If you want to, you can add a bit of color to the background.
Here I did mix a very light yellow-green wash from Sap green and Cadmium Yellow and am painting on top of the copic white. I thought copic white was waterproof but it actually isn’t so I am careful not to disrupt the underlayer of white when painting over with the green wash.
I also want to unify a bit the colors of the tree, so I am glazing it with a mix of Burnt Sienna and Sap Green.
When everything has dried, add another layer to the design and start drawing patterns with a sharpie.
You could look at zentangles designs to find inspirations for your pattern.
The finished postcard
Here is the second postcard, made using the same techniques, except watercolor has been mixed with with acetone and the design is a bit more simple.
You can dilute a watercolor wash in alcohol or acetone instead of water, they will have a similar effect but I find that the smell of acetone is stronger and that it also tends to increase pigments granulation. You need to dilute the paint in a bit of water before adding the acetone as acetone by itself won’t dilute the paint.
Start by painting a wash with a few colors, acetone is giving a bit more body to watercolors than would water by itself so the paint seem to move more slowly on the paper.
Start drawing your design with a fine point sharpie.