Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Friday, September 4, 2009


Let’s try this again!
I used my same drawing and value study; just removed the leaf and pushed the bottom two flowers up a little.
Once again I began with the miskit pour and then poured hansa yellow, quinacridone gold and Indian yellow.
On the second pour I used the same colors plus vermillion hue.
After the miskit was removed I poured some greens and yellow and blue - the greens I used this time were sap and hooker with some ultramarine turquoise added.
At this point I’m happy with the pastel-y and light colors I’ve got.


Cindi said...

yippee!! you know i love these!! pulling up a chair... you need to use smooth paper, right??? and then when you put down the frisket .. do you blow on it with a straw in places or?? do you delute it??.. i'm really a newbie when it comes to this, but i love the movement.. ordered more peabeo today, so almost ready to jump in with both feet and a pan for catching it all!!! thanks deb

Kathy Wirth said...

This looks like a great start! Sunflowers are hard to paint, aren' they? I love this poured technique with the miskit, but can't always decide when to take the miskit off. I guess you did it right after the pouring. Are you using 300# paper?

debwardart said...

Cindi - pull up your chair!
and Kathy, too!
I've used watercolor board, 300# CP Arches, 140# CP Arches and 140# HP Lana, so anything goes as far as I'm concerned.
Remove miskit when you are happy with results! (I actually have used a straw!) Usually I just let it flow around the paper; you can use a spray of water on the edge of the miskit to make it flow; you can use a tool or your finger to make it move. Just be sure to pour the miskit on absolutely DRY paper, then leave it alone to dry. If there is anything you don't like, remove the miskit after it is COMPLETELY DRY and re-pour the miskit.
Then you are ready to pour your colors - wet the paper first and use analogous colors for beautiful blends. If you use complementary colors you will get grayed down colors (but that may be what you want!)
I prefer the Pebeo, but you can use any miskit.
You can use a small Dixie cup to mix your paints - the plastic ones are reusable. I have pill jars that I use!
Best to use fresh tube paint and gradually add water - and then you can pour or - I use a pipette!
Start small - 1/4 sheet - and just play and practice.
Be sure to post what you do!!!! And be sure to have fun!

Cindi said...

thank you, thank you... for the helpful info... and especially the
analogous color idea.. and the thoughts on the paper!! thought it had to be hot press, so it could just flow..

hmmmmmmm?? today just might be the day to give this a try...thanks again for the help...ill post if its worth posting lol

debwardart said...

Cindi - you are welcome - just have fun with it and try it again if you "fail"!!! It's a concept to learn and first attempts may not be great. Post a success, tho!