My Watercolor Studies
I did the first during class and they all are techniques: the one on the first line on the left, it’s pretty much wetting the whole paper and applying the ink, so it doesn’t get any stain. Still on the first line but on the right, you make a gradient using the same technique of wetting the whole paper before applying ink. It didn’t work very well because to me, it had to blend and become orange in the middle, but my teacher said it was right, so… On the second line, on the left, you paint the paper and when it’s almost dry, you come with the brush and pass it wherever you want so it remove the ink. I think it probably will be good to make clouds, so the white doesn’t get extremely white and on the borders, it gets a smooth gradient. And the last one, on the right, it’s just to see how one ink goes on the top of the other.
The second photo is a better one of my previously posted Watercolor Studies. Now, I have eight tubes of different colors, and they are all Winsor & Newton’s Cotman. On the first study, I just painted with raw ink (no mixing, but I added water as you would do, normally) and added water so it changed the tone. Did it with all colors.
Then, on the second, third and fourth study, they all work the same, which is pretty much selecting a color and mixing with the other. For example, the second study (but first on this section), I chose Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue 119 and mixed it with Raw Sienna 552, Alizarin Crimson Hue 003, Permanent Rose 502, Cerulean Blue Hue 139, Cobalt Blue Hue 179, Viridian Hue 696 and Payne’s Gray 465. Then, I picked Raw Sienna and mixed it with all the other colors, except for Cadmium Yellow, because I already did this mixing previously.
But notice that when mixing any color with Payne’s Gray, I used just a tiny little bit of ink, because if I mix half and half like I did with all the mixings, it will become black and show me no color. You can see an example on the third palette, where I mixed Permanent Rose with Payne’s Gray. It’s the last row.
Of course, I can find thousand and thousand of other colors, but I prefered to stick with half and half of each color, because if I change the quantity, I will get new tones. The functionality of this is so big that it will not only make you learn mixing colors - which I can do just by looking at it - but it also helps me choosing them. When you’re painting, you know which color you need, but sometimes the strongest tone of the color will not go well with the other colors on the palette. By making these studies, you can see that if the strongest doesn’t work, maybe the lightest will.
t changed my mind completely, because I thought it would’t help much. A girl from my class told me this and I got amazed, not only because it looks like a makeup catalog :P but because it’s a study that will last forever. The learning is endless.