watercolour experiments

I used 2 paintbrushes that came with the Turner Acryl Gouache set. I used a small round brush and a small flat square brushes.

It was a cold winters day in England, but I painted indoors in a centrally heated room about 18 degrees C. 

I used a quite heavy, slightly textured watercolour paper Fabriano, 280g , I think.



watercolour experiments - image 1 - student project


I used Kuretake gansai tambi water colour paints numbers 64 ( dark blue) and number 50 (pale aqua)


Experiment 1 pigment in water (not very much water used here) Very subtle effect and may need more water for a greater effect

watercolour experiments - image 2 - student project


Experiment 1 pigment in water (one side then t'other then merged, really liked this effect)watercolour experiments - image 3 - student project


Experiment 2 Blendingwatercolour experiments - image 4 - student project


The pale aqua was quite an opaque watercolour, whereas the dark blue was more translucent. Very little change in this experiment , though the aqua did blend slightly only after a short time, few seconds.


Experiment 2 Blendingwatercolour experiments - image 5 - student project


More change in the more watery aqua blend. The colour had virtually disappeared at the 60 second mark. 2 colours quite even mixed and distinguishable  at 20 seconds.


Experiment 3 Overlapping

watercolour experiments - image 6 - student project


I wasn't so keen on the blob, but maybe it was just my choice of watercolours, or the water I used but they just seemed to leave a lot of white space in the middle when I overlapped these colours.


Finally, I want to thank Ohn Mar for this class. I tried to do other watercolour classes but they left me frustrated as I never seem to be able to replicate their technique and neither would I want to.  I think it is a great idea to do experiments like this with your materials so they work for you, on your own terms.

I am excited to carry on experimenting and  maybe trying my own 'experiments' with other paints and materials.