When I start a project, I treat it like a project. First things come first: gather the materials. For water painting, the materials you need are obvious and not so obvious, like
Now let me reiterate. While I do call myself an amateur, I am not exactly an amateur. For example, water paints have been my only paint medium and yet I didn’t know anything about wetting the paper, taping it to a surface or washing and creating a background. I only found these out very recently (like several hours after filling up the first page of the sketch book). So now the list adds to
My style of work is how I usually go, first I chose my art. For this trial page, I went through my instagram feed and picked the Georgia Aquarium post from the summer of 2015. It was simple enough to draw a clown fish.
|Photograph from my instagram: thelunardescent|
While I drew the clown fish, I also checked out a couple of water painting videos from Youtube. The most helpful video I found was this one, which talks about types of washes.So I applied the principles of the video to the clown fish. The technique I went for was gradated wash, which involves painting successive strokes down the wet area to create a fade effect. As you can probably see, it worked well for the orange (vermilion) but not that well for the blue.
I also painted in the white stripes with white paint because the paper itself has a yellowish hue. Another thing to be noted is that I painted the clown fish first and the background later, so that could be the reason for the imperfection. Nevertheless, I am really proud of the orange effect. I tried to reproduce it, but it seems like I need more practice, half of my attempts of replication were not satisfactory.
Are any of you interested in watercolors? If you’ve painted before and have tips for improvement or helpful tips in general, be sure to share! ‘Cause sharing is caring. 😀 Have a nice day!