Watercolor & Mixed Media

Watercolor & Mixed Media - student project

This is my first exercise for the watercolor & mixed media class. I tried to incorporate the three techniques in this painting: 1. Negative space (with the mermaid silhouette), 2. Masking Fluid (with the coral) and 3. White Ink (with the stars, bubbles and jellyfish).



1. The negative space is not perfect yet. I can definitely improve my brush control and, more important, my paint+water control. While I was painting around the shape the paint was already drying in the previous spot, so I was constantly trying to fix the overall painting which messed up the wash.

2. I'm officially not a fan of masking fluid. The lines end up uneven and it did tear up my paper a little bit.

3. I currently use a white ink by Koh-I-Noor, and I found it's not very opaque. I had to paint two layers for the stars and I'm still not entirely happy with it. 


For this exercise I wanted to use different levels of transparency for the white. So for the jellyfish and bubbles I used white gouache. The little dots here and there I made with white gel pen.


Also, I used salt in the background.


Thank you Ana Victoria for this thoughtful and challenging class! I'm learning a lot and I hope I keep improving my watercolor skills.


Finished piece:

Watercolor & Mixed Media - image 1 - student project


Watercolor & Mixed Media - image 2 - student project


Watercolor & Mixed Media - image 3 - student project


Watercolor & Mixed Media - image 4 - student project


UPDATE: Today I finished the Cloud Activity, and it was so much fun! I used my white gouache for the fluffy clouds with the "língua de gato" brush (we call it the same here in Brazil). I'll definitely do it again to practice more. I think I should use a bit more of the white paint next time.


Watercolor & Mixed Media - image 5 - student project



Watercolor & Mixed Media - image 6 - student project

Rafaela Loureiro
watercolor lover