Friday, February 20, 2009
Other things to do with watercolor
Powdered pigments really are not watercolor as watercolor paints are transparent, but you can achieve the look of watercolor with them. You can make your own palette of powdered pigment paints by using gum arabic as a binder. Paint basically is pigment with a binder added that makes the paint stick to the paper. You might have some Pearl Ex or other powdered pigment that does not have a binder, but by adding gum arabic (which is available in powder form or liquid form), adding some water to allow you to mix it, and then let the mixture dry, you can make your own paint. There are several brands that are available that already have the binder added.
I especially like to spatter with powdered pigment as it gives that extra little spark. The examples above are much prettier in real life as you can see the pretty gleam that Twinkling H20's possess.
I had also shared an example earlier (bats flying) of adding salt to a wash for a background....be sure and allow the salt to dry before brushing it off. The size of the salt spots will be determined by the kind of salt you use (table, sea, rock) and how much pigment was in the wash.
You can achieve this look even when not using die. To water emboss an area, we will say a heart, use a stylus to trace around that heart, having the paper lying on a soft surface like fun foam. It helps if the paper is damp. When you pick up the paper, you should be able to see the heart tracing on the reverse side of the paper. Wet that heart shape and carefully push the heart using the stylus (not too sharp of a stylus...one with a medium size ball). You can do this on the fun foam or holding it in your hand. You don't want to do it on a hard surface, as you want room to give. This is possible as watercolor paper is made from cotton and the fibers are pliable. It is a great technique!
Something I tell my students when I teach watercolor is that there are two things I can't give them....a sense of urgency for when you need to work wet on wet and secondly, patience for when you need to allow paint to dry before you add more paint. The ultimate thing I can not give you is experience. You just have to do it. I hope these instructions have helped you see that you can do it....with the help of stamps, anyone can create great watercolor images! You will learn from doing. I will be happy to explore any other areas of watercolor you want to ask about....just let me know. Pick up those brushes or crayons and have fun!!!
I have something I want to show you tomorrow and then we will launch off into using markers, specifically Copic markers. Feel free to leave comments for any questions you have or send me an email. Thanks for honoring me with your visit to my blog.