A Study in Watercolour
|Dresden. Watercolour sky and foreground - details in watercolour pencils|
Eventually I discovered a great workaround for my problem - there is such a thing as watercolour pencils!
|Watercolour pemcils from Faber-Castell|
Watercolour pencils are easy. You use them like a normal coloured pencil, then you wet a brush and go over your image to activate them. If you want to add a layer, wait for it to dry and then go over it with a pencil and repeat the process. Piece of cake. Even I was able to do it!
I practised for a while and I really liked it. But it didn't really feel like painting, and I have always been drawn to the way pigments dissolve in water, and just ... I love watercolour. It's just scary. I tried it with my old school palette and painted my hometown. I managed to make a blotchy sky and an ugly foreground, and then decided to do the pretty city in watercolour pencils. I couldn't trust my way with a brush!
|A real watercolouur painting!!!|
It took a lot of time to be able to control the brush even a little bit, and even more to relearn whatever I had thought I'd known about colour mixing, but I was no longer afraid. So I attempted something brave - a real watercolour painting!
The background is still blotchy - I blame that on the shitty paper (Lesson learned - In Watercolours, paper is really fucking important!!!). And the layering isn't great, and the drawing not that perfect ... but everything was done with my little watercolour travel set - I mixed the colours and I used a real paintbrush to apply it to the paper! It looked nowhere near what I wanted, but I was still really proud!
And now that the foundation was laid, I wanted to make more progress!!! I bought better watercolour paper (and a new palette with colours more suited to my taste than a standard one... whoops) and better brushes.I've tried them out for a bit, and now I've even picked a 30 day art challenge to practise using watercolour. I love how it works, and even though I have a lot to learn, I think it is a great medium :).
I've never touched my old school palette again. I know that it is possible to do good work with cheap supplies, but I don't think I know enough to be able to make those paints work for me. But that's okay. I finally got to actually making art with watercolour anyway, so I'm happy :). And maybe I'll know wnough about it to use the school set again one day :).
|My new palette! :)|