365 Days of Art: Day 24 – A Jellyfish

The challenge: Create some form of visual art, no matter how small, each day for a full year. Today I discovered I can paint jellyfish all day and be happy…

I did the a jellyfish from Watercolor Success in Four Steps by Marina Bakasova. I decided to run an experiment with some of the new watercolor paper I bought. I did the jellyfish on both the student grade and the Strathmore Ready Cut 500 series paper. While the colors blended better on the 100% cotton paper, they “spidered” out when I did some wet on wet techniques. I ended up turning it over and using the rough side, which I felt worked much better. I learned to paint on the Strathmore 500 series, so I’m kind of surprised. It’s not what I remembered. It also seemed to have little flecks of paper that would show up after one layer of paint. That may be called peeling but I really don’t think that should happen after I apply the first coat of paint. It did disappear once the paint dried, however. I will have to practice more with it before I form an opinion. I really liked how the rough side turned out.

On the left: 100% Cotton on the rough side. On the middle: the book’s jellyfish, on the right: Canson wood pulp spiral book.
This is the smooth side. You can see the weird spider-like effects of the paint that I did the wet on wet technique with. I did some experiments above on a little square, and there was less spidering. I’m wondering if that was due to getting it on immediately when it was fully wet.

Tomorrow is Monday and I will be up at 5:30. Toodles!

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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