VinegarsPosted: January 10, 2014
With limited options for my daily sketching (can’t paint it my car studio, can’t paint outside, can’t draw anything very precise like architecture) I am focusing on something I never seem to have the time to do, which is painting on a sheet of watercolour paper that has been fully saturated on both sides. I learned to paint this way many years ago and although it seems like you might easily lose control of the surface, if you remove the excess water with a rolled-up clean towel, you can obtain effects that you wouldn’t be able to on a dry sheet. And you can keep working on the painting for an hour or two without the sheet ever drying out. The secret to this technique is in the amount of water on your brush. If you add more water than is on the paper, you end up with backruns and blooms, but if each layer of paint has a little less water than what is on the surface of the paper, then you can maintain some control of your washes. It takes lots of practice but I figure that by the time this annoying cast comes off I will have made some progress.