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Emma Jane Shaw

Hobby Artist



Watercolour and Mixed Media Project

I am so excited for this new class! I learnt a lot from the Beginner's class and loved it to pieces. It inspired me to start painting and taught me that watercolours don't have to be scary and unpredictable - instead they are so much fun and exciting to work with. 

For the beginner's class I used what supplies I had on hand, which included second hand watercolour tubes. However I have since upgraded to my first Windsor & Newton pan set! It came with a beautiful purple which I was giddy over because I could never mix a pretty purple with my original tubes. 

I am living and working overseas at the moment and unfortunately do not have all of my art supplies with me, namely my masking fluid. So below is a picture of the exercises I was able to complete. I have worked with masking fluid before for another Skillshare class and find it very useful. I started incorporating ink into my work since the Beginner's class but I had never attempted using negative space before. 


Below is my cloud activity painting. I became impatient waiting for the paint to dry so there was some bleeding. But once I started working with the white ink that became unnoticeable. 


My first attempt (see below) at the final project didn't turn out how I had hoped. I am not very neat when it comes to creating negative space yet. I used separate colours for each cloud which lack depth and interest in my opinion. I don't like the outcome but it did help eliminate elements that didn't work.


I love how my second attempt worked out (see below). I mixed dark blue watercolour, black ink and some salt to create the sky; used negative space, water, black and white ink to create the moons; dark blue, light blue, crimson red and my pretty purple with white ink to create the clouds; and white ink for the stars. It was so fun and I love how it looks. I think the clouds look much better this time as does the sky. It's much more interesting. 


Thank you for another fantastic class Ana Victoria! 



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