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More practice, practice, practice...

Negative space practice. My precision is getting better but can still use some improvement. Practice, practice, practice...

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So I'm officially not a fan of masking fluid. Negative Space is definitely the preferred method for preserving white space and outlines for me at this point in the learning process. If I develop better control over application down the road maybe I'll warm up to this method. On to the next technique!

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The White Paint Over Watercolor lesson has been my favorite exercise thus far. I really enjoyed practing with this technique and like this outcome best thus far. I just received the order I placed for cotton watercolor paper and I'm really excited about using it for the cloud activity next.

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I thought I would breeze through the cloud activity with no fuss. There is a deceptive simplicity to this technique that caught me unawares.  My first layer of white went down fine but as I began to add layers and build volume I hit a rough patch. I was diluting the white ink waaaaaaay to much and I wasn't laying the brush down flat on the paper. I kept getting opaque white arcs because I was only using the tip of the brush. Once I figured out where I was going wrong I began using much less diluted white ink a made sure to apply it with a truly flat stroke of my brush. This is definitely a case of practice makes perfect! I enjoyed learning this technique for clouds. On to the final project...

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For my final project I decided to go sailing among the clouds. I used negative space, masking fluid and white ink over watercolor to to paint this projects. I really enjoyed this class and I can't wait Ana's next one!

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