The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year.
Tonight’s little bit of Art totally didn’t follow the instructions. I followed the instructions. The water didn’t. (This shouldn’t be surprising since water can’t read instructions…) This is one of those nights when I don’t want to post anything I did because it didn’t turn out well, but on of my rules for doing this blog was that I would post whatever I did no matter how bad.
I did two exercises from the book, Watercolor Success in Four Steps by Marina Bakasova. Neither turned out as expected, but I’m not surprised, so I have successfully kept from feeling disappointed in myself.
- I did two wet on wet exercises on a watercolor notebook, hence no taping the sides to something hard, hence buckling. Hence watercolor sadness.
- Still using the student grade stuff. I intend to upgrade soon, but I want to use it up first because I’m cheap.
- It’s probably not a good idea to try to do two wet on wets at the same time, especially when one requires salt. I kept racing the clock to make sure I got all the paint down on one and so I could return to the other before the water dried. I totally didn’t get back to the trees in time, which is why the shadows under the trees look like a big, blooming blob of anything but shadows.
The left is supposed to be a night sky. The right is supposed to be a forest. My indigo did not behave appropriately, but I think the mixture was too light. I also think I put it in when the water was too dry. You will notice the salt is still on the paper. I’m waiting for the puddles to dry before I take off the salt and the tape.
I might try to return to the forest again after I get 100% cotton paper. The night sky doesn’t make sense to me in the book so I’m not sure how to make it better.
TTFN. The bed calls.