Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Watercolour escapades

Cool new stuff I've learnt to use when painting with watercolour 
This evening's landscape painting practice thanks to a video tutorial by The Frugal Crafter 
Two landscapes, both painted today at different times under different circumstances 
Master B playing with Ronan J Foxx, who typically lives on my bed 
Inspired by the Joie De Vivre Tarot, I created this mohair and chroma knitpicks worsted crochet pouch to send to my darling friend in the US. I finished it up this morning 
Master L this morning thrilled about getting to use his new (and very own) umbrella while waiting for the bus 
This one I attempted on my own sans tutorial using a photograph I found on Google. I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out 
You'll have to turn your head sideways because I forgot to adjust it and I'm too lazy to go back and fix it now. I attempted to paint a stream in the woods, but when the tutorial was telling me to use burnt sienna, I was actually using yellow ochre and getting REALLY frustrated when my colours weren't turning out the same as hers. Whoops.
These tutorials I find challenging as the whole premise is to touch your brush to the paper as little as possible to create an image, so it relies heavily on what shape watercolour brush you use and the size. I started a little low on the paper and consequently ran out of room 
I think I've finally reached the stage in my painting where I need to update the quality of paints I'm using. The basic Monte Marte brand were great to play with, but I'm really needing a stronger pigment and better light fastness. The Frugal Crafter does a lot of brand testing on her Youtube channel so I'll have a watch of those and find out what level of paints will be my next best move. I may need to sell a few paintings, or try to, to fund that purchase though. I wouldn't mind some new imitation sable round brushes either, I'm missing a few numbers between 6 and 12 that would be handy to have. All in good time! The practice is doing my stress a world of good regardless of what I use.

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