Monthly Archives: August 2013

Rose Study

Playing with watercolors again and trying not to fuss with the paint so much. This rose comes from my garden, it was one of the few not hosting a party for the beetles.

Cheers!

Kelli

Zendala Dare #70

When I first saw this week’s dare the template reminded me of a peppermint swirl candy so I purposely didn’t color this one so I wouldn’t get caught in that preconceived idea. All in all I like the way this came out especially the way the large bubbles on the outer edge seem to reflect the smaller Onamato bubbles in the center swirl.

Zendala Dare #70

Happy Tangling!

Kelli

Plum Blossom

Still experimenting with painting on crinkled paper. This time it’s a plum blossom branch painted using Chinese brushes. I am loving the texture created from the paint highlighting in the wrinkles on the paper.

Cheers!
Kelli

Plum Blossom

Crinkled Paintings

Bamboo
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I love looking through all types of art books. The ideas you read about can take you on an adventure you might never have known was possible.

I recently came across a method of painting on crinkled paper. Essentially you take a piece of masa paper (rice paper) or if you don’t have that handy, take a sheet of lightweight sketch or marker paper and crinkle it up. Scrunch it up as tight as you’d like, then gently flatten it out and start painting. As you paint you’ll will find that the pigment skips and pools over and around the crinkles creating wonderful patterns. It is perfect for the veining in petals and leaves or adding a nice textural background. Any watercolor technique you like can be used on the paper. Once your masterpiece is dry glue it to some heavier watercolor paper.

Iris
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In my two studies you can see the difference in the amount of finished texture. The bamboo painting has fewer pronounced lines, whereas the iris study shows much more background detail. These lines give the flower an interesting organic feel that I would not have been able to duplicate with regular brushwork.

If you want to learn more about this painting style there are many resources online just look under “masa painting” or “painting on crinkled paper” and then go have some fun!

Cheers!

Kelli