"I love to paint completely for myself. I call it my experimental work when I just need to play with my materials and not worry about the market. This is where the child-like artist takes over and allows the artist to just have fun. There is a no risk factor." ~Adrienne Moore
© "The Gift" ~ Watercolour, Dec 18, 2013
This small painting was done as a quick study for a larger floral painting with this green bow. The subtle texture in the background was created by spritzing alcohol onto the wet paints and allowing to dry.
*Tip: I sprayed the alcohol onto the background quite liberally covering the whole surface. What I noticed afterwards is that the alcohol seems to leave a slight film on the surface that made it very difficult for me to go back in and deepen any areas. What I learnt? A little restraint is a good thing!!
To create the texture on the bird, I pre-wet the area and charged in my color's, (keeping in mind where my lightest light's and darkest dark's would be). While the bird was wet, I pressed saran wrap onto this area, smooshing and twisting the wrap. I then applied a heavy book on top of the painting and left it to dry overnight. The result was this lovely aged texture!
*Tip: If like me, you build up your painting with additional glazes of color, then you need to go EXTRA dark with your colors in this first step.
Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to play!
Thank's for stopping by,
Laura Leeder, Watercolour Artist, Creston, BC