Watercolor Secrets: Get to know your water & colors with Moody Washes

Watercolor Secrets: Get to know your water & colors with Moody Washes - student project

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#1 - Flat wash - Antwerp Blue - W&N - Pb27.  This is a transparent blue and on this Arches 300gsm 100% cotton paper, Grano Fino, gave a lovely pale cool wash.

 

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#2 - Flat wash - French Ultramarine blue - W&N- Pb29 - Arches 100% cotton paper, 300gsm, Grano Fino.  Rich blue more intense than the Antwerp Blue and warmer.  Although transparent it also has granulation, will be in testing to see this property of UltraMarine on a rougher, more textured paper.

 

 

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#3 - French Ultramarine- Pb29 with Permanent Carmine - Quinacridone Pyrrolidone, a relatively new pigment that has yet to be designated.  It mixes well with the granulating Ultramarine.  Mixed on the palate and dropped into the layer of clean water.  Gives beautiful values of a warm violet tone.

 

 

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#4 - Green Gold - W&N- Py129 - transparent.  With Van Gogh Dusk Green - semitransparent- Pbk11 and Pg7, also a granulating pigment.  The paint was dropped into a clear water wash in varying values.  Good color combination with lovely variegated washes on both colors.  On Arches 100% cotton paper, 300gsm.

 

 

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#5 - Unknown watercolor paper, possibly Bockingford, it appears to have a seize of some sort, the texture is rough, 300gsm.  French Ultramarine and Permanent Carmine, dropped on to a clear water wash.  I didn’t stretched this thick paper, but taped down the edges on a drawing board.  When wet it predictably buckled and I learned later that water doesn’t run up hill!  Took a lot more pigment to get deeper values and paint gathered in the hollows leaving areas of deeper values with clear changes between values.  Nice textures achieved and a moody feel.

 

 

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#6 - same paint combination as #5, but on a different paper, this is 100% cotton paper, 300gsm, Grano Grueso (rough) .  I love this one.

 

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#7 - using up the last of the combination of Ultramarine and permanent Carmine with lots of water to give this pale flat wash on a large sheet of Arches 100% cotton paper, 300gsm. Grano Fino.

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#8 - Indian cotton rag paper, 320gsm, rough.  This paper needed stretching overnight, which I did, but I seem to have a lot of problems stretching paper where I live here in Mallorca.  It gets very hot and paper stretching is a nightmare so I tend to use the pre-stretched blocks.  Consequently the paper did suffer from so buckling, but I managed to incorporate that into the composition.  Three colors used, Dusk green, Green gold and Antwerp Blue, with a small amount of Cadmium Yellow for the sun.  

The piece did not set out to be a landscape, I just played with tones and forms the colors created, I knew I didn’t want to much detail, and the imagine of our valley in early Spring began to appear. A lovely moment as I have been struggling to capture the vista for quite a while now, I am not primarily a landscape artist, I find it overwhelms me, but not today, lol!  

I will be doing more, have so enjoyed this class, thank you