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Christina Lembo

Designer, doodler, hand-letterer, collagist

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Getting Started on Watercolors

I'm so excited to take this class! I've always been very intimidated by watercolors, I think because they are so unexpected but I am still somehow afraid I will mess it up! 

I've been working with some cheap Reeves tube watercolors, a small pan set, and some liquid Dr. Ph Martin's watercolors. Yesterday I went and purchased a few additional tubes of W&N watercolors in some colors I love but didn't already have (magenta, violet, indigo, turquoise).

Transparencies and gradients. (I fudged a bit on the second transparency since my first wasn't light enough, so I put my lightest at the end ;)) I'm having a bit of trouble with my gradients, so I definitely want to work on those more. I don't feel like they flow as well as they should. I think it's the pushing water technique I'm stumbling on...

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Pulse and precision. I definitely need some work on this (it was also late and I was getting loopy). The vertical bars were so meditative, though... I could do that for hours.

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Here is my monochromatic flower. I loved this exercise and definitely want to play with it more. I feel like I can be a bit more precise on my lines (also didn't erase my pencil marks before this photo). But I love the effect of using different values of the same color.

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Experimentation. This is but the beginning! It was so fun to just drop color into water and watch it do it's trick. I love how the pan orange looks like a little quartz cracked open, and the pan blue and yellow looks like some sort of sulfur lake. Some of these got a bit messy but I actually like that, like how the pan yellow and PH Calypso green started traveling across the page ;) I also love how the pan magenta and Winsor and Newton violet drawing ink turned out. I like the oan red and violet a lot nd then I started adding some green to it, and, no. The Dr PH Martin true blue might be my favorite color ever, I really want to play with this more. 

Some of the experiments didn't go so well, but I definitely want to do many more of these. Also, my india ink I think came out super heavy, it just POOF filled the entire water circle! So I think I want to use a bit less, perhaps with a brush rather than that dropper.

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