Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Watercolor Musings: Provencal Pumpkins - Mixed Media Stained Collage: "I love working with a combination of materials. Stained paper collage is an exciting way to work in the studio. Watercolor-stained rice pa..."
|I love working with a combination of materials. Stained paper collage is an exciting way to work in the studio. Watercolor-stained rice paper is affixed to a sturdy ground (I use 300# watercolor paper) with matte medium or a mixture of white glue and water. The whole surface is covered with the rice paper. Some of the drawing shows through but you can't count on that. Too much medium or glue will make it difficult to paint watercolor on top.|
|After the first step is thoroughly dry, the painting is finished with both watercolor and white gouache. The final version is pulled together by the painting process and is enhanced by the wonderful colors and texture provided by the collage beneath. In this one, I was slightly worried that I'd made a hash of the first step. It was so "clunky" compared to what I had in mind.|
If the painting looks familiar, it was in an earlier post about paper surface. In that post, only the final version was shown so I thought that the beginning might be interesting for others to see. The size here is about 6" square so I like to work on several at once. They can be done in any size but this small image with a larger mat is jewel-like when framed.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Watercolor Musings: Crystal Cove and the Benefits of Working on Locat...: "Usually I try to get several reference photos when painting on location. Once I've visited and painted a place, I feel comfortable p..."
Watercolor Musings: Everything But the Kitchen Sink: "Whenever I'm off on a painting trip, I gather books, pamphlets, newspapers, tickets, etc. Mostly, these questionable 'treasures' stay in a f..."
The University of Redlands, my alma mater, celebrated it's centennial in 2006-2007. Because of that, there was a float in Pasadena's New Year's Parade on January 1, 2007. After being introduced to the delight of painting in the float barns by my painting buddy, Brenda Swenson, I secured permission for us to visit the Redlands float as it was being readied for the parade.