My Fantasy Forest River

My Fantasy Forest River - student project

After posting to ask for help with this technique, I went out and bought some W&N professional watercolor to use instead of the cheap stuff I already had. I'm pretty happy with the result!

 

For comparison, here is the first version. This was done with cheap student grade watercolor that I already owned. I didn't have masking fluid, so I painted the trees and highlights with white watercolor.

My Fantasy Forest River - image 1 - student project

 

But this paint didn't work once I got masking fluid and tried to re-wet the paper. All the dried paint reactivated and made a big muddy mess of the painting.

 

Here is the finished piece using the W&N paints, masking fluid, and a white gel pen for highlights.

My Fantasy Forest River - image 2 - student project