Category Archive: 1. Making a start

1.5 Assignment 1 : Your first watercolour painting

Choose from a variety of options including landscape, still life, an interior etc.  I choose to paint a still life as my first assignment. Make some sketches in your sketch book and do… Continue reading

1.4.4 Research: examples of different techniques used by a variety of artists

Visit galleries and the internet to look at different techniques and styles from a range of periods and different artists. I found the following web site on the internet whilst researching watercolour techniques. … Continue reading

1.4.3 Exercise: Other tools for watercolour

Includes a series of exercises under the following headings. 1 Blotting and wiping :Lifting off pigment 2 Clingfilm : Using crumpled Clingfilm to generate abstract colours and shapes 3 Salt Crystals : Using… Continue reading

1.4.2 Exercise: Using various brushes

Similar to the previous exercise. – this time include blotting off the semi-dry pigment and compare it to where the pigment has been allowed to dry. large household DIY brush Again this exercise… Continue reading

1.4.1 Exercise: Unusual brush marks

Different size Using non-watercolour brushes make a variety of marks on different types of paper and shapes of brushes make different marks and sometimes even the most rough brushes can produce marks of… Continue reading

1.4.0 RESEARCH : Compare Constable and Ravilious

 Old Sarum – John Constable;. Compare with (New Year Snow, 1935 – Eric Ravilious. Identify the different brush techniques used by Ravilious his brush mark. Earth Sky – John Nash;  Comment on a… Continue reading

1.3.3 Exercises: Techniques

The series of resist exercises continues with another series of exercises in three areas. Plain areas Using masking fluid as the resist reserve some shapes to depict simple objects.  Over paint and remove… Continue reading

1.3.2 Exercise: Lines with wax

Building on the previous series of exercises the wax resist is used to ‘draw’ an object such as a winter tree.  The paper is then painted to derive a scene.  Progress this initial… Continue reading

1.3.1 Exercises: Wax – Reserved shapes from resists

Plain areas with wax painted. The first set of exercises call for plain areas of wax to be laid down and the later set of exercises introduce patterned areas of wax. Patterns with… Continue reading

1.3.0 RESEARCH : The Marl Pit – John Sell Cotman

Shapes created by the surrounding colour or tone. The Marl Pit, John Sell Cotman Detail of painting above shown below. I have searched and found a few more examples of where a lighter… Continue reading

1.2.3 Exercise: Mixed-colour washes

Three washes – two colours and a third mixed from equal parts of the first two are painted.  Paint a single colour wash one, then the mixed colour wash and finally the second… Continue reading

1.2.2 Exercise: Tonally graded washes

A single colour wash which is diluted as you progress. Again there is a visible difference using a quality paper, paint and brush to lay a graduated wash. The upper painted wash has… Continue reading

1.2.1 Exercise: Plain washes

A wash with a single, evenly distributed colour. In each of the wash exercises I tried out cheaper paper and paints.  The result of which is which is quite obvious. The secret of… Continue reading

Delacroix Moroccan Sketchbooks

French artist Eugene Delacroix is typically associated with the Romantic school of painting in the early 19th century. In my mind he exemplifies the skill of an artist – his expressive and sinuous… Continue reading

1.1.4 Exercise: Fish and leaves

This exercise introduces some fundamental techniques in watercolour painting; creating simple shapes; washing off; layering tones; and simple washes. Above is an image that illustrates the initial parts of this exercise.  There are… Continue reading

1.1.3 Exercise: Random marks

In this exercise random marks are made and the tonal and colour variation is assessed. In this exercise you can let loose your inner Pollock.  In the first of these large sized exercises… Continue reading

1.1.2 Exercise: Fading tones

More exercises in brush and colour / tine control.  In this exercise a succession of marks are made gradually diluting the paint.  The exercise is repeated with a different contrasting colour.  Note the… Continue reading

1.1.1 Exercise: Loading the brush

This exercise is about the mixing of the colour and the amount of paint to apply with the brush to achieve an even effect. These are two important skills in watercolour painting to… Continue reading