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”
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I have never done a painting this detailed before. I even had to buy a “0” round brush for all those little spaces and letters!
I enjoy seeing this painting come to life!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
This particular painting is one of what I hope to be a series of paintings from my trip to Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Kentucky last year with Rhonda Carpenter and another friend. (To see another painting composed from that trip go here . It was the first time we had traveled together so I was a little concerned how it would work out. Turns out there was no cause for concern – the three of us had a blast! – and I got some decent photos to work from.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Each time I see another name go up on the sidebar I get a little smile on my face and a chuckle – makes me happy to think that someone wants to “follow” me!
I usually think I need a sign on the back of my car (or pinned to my shirt) that clearly states NOT to follow me or you are soon going to be lost or headed for the longest line in the supermarket!
However, Followers, now I’m going to tell you that I know something about all of you!
“How can that be?” you are probably asking.
Well, I know for sure that you are highly intelligent folks who appreciate good art and enjoy a good laugh now and then!!
See, I told you I knew something about you!
So, thanks to you, my Followers!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
So . . . . let me know if you created a watercolor pencil painting as a result of this series of posts!
You can either email the info to me in the form of a small resolution photo and I'll post it, or you can send me a link to the painting on your blog.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Please don’t be too critical of my work here – remember, it is aimed at *Newbies!
Hope you had fun seeing this little picture completed.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
And below I have blotted those areas with a tissue to lift some of the excess paint.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
*Newbie Alert – drybrush is a misnomer. Your brush isn’t really dry, it’s just slightly damp. To create the drybrush effect in watercolor, you can dip your wet brush into paint, then take a tissue and hold it to the base of your brush, absorbing most of the water in the brush, then swipe across your painting using the side of your brush. Alternatively, you can wet your brush, then wipe it with a tissue to absorb most of the water, then dip it into fairly dry paint and swipe across your painting using the side of your brush.
On this painting I wiped my brush across the tip of a wet w/c pencil and then swiped it across the painting.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
But look what I discovered when I lifted that green spot – a long, straight line on the bottom of my cloud. YUK. Again, guess I’ve ruined the painting, since you can’t correct watercolor.
Oh – but wait, didn’t we just learn that “oh yes we can”!
Here is where the scrubber brush will come in handy.
*Newbie Alert – scrubber brushes are stiff bristled brushes specifically manufactured to scrub over watercolor paper and lift paint. I like to call them “nudge-er” brushes, since I like to gently nudge the paint into lifting rather than doing what the term “scrub” implies, which is a harsh abrading of the paper. And I will always try to “scrub” the area with a soft brush first so as not to damage the paper. If that doesn’t work, then I go to a scrubber brush.
Then take your wet scrubber and gently rub small circles over the offending paint. Then gently blot with a tissue. The paint should be removed.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Or – can you?? Look below – now you see it, now you don’t!
Wow, must be magic!
I simply took a wet tissue and wiped it over that green spot – and lifted it right off!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
I used some yellow and some raw sienna for the base color, coloring them over each other. Then I wet a brush and painted water over the sand area.
To create a “sand” effect, I took a wet toothbrush and rubbed it over the tip of the w/c pencil to pick up some color, and then “spritzed” it onto the paper over the sand area.
*Newbie Alert – I hold the toothbrush with my 4 fingers on top, and use my thumb to pull against the bristles, which causes the paint to spray off the brush. You will want to practice doing this until you get the hang of it.
You also don’t want to hold the toothbrush directly over the painting or you can get big “globs” of water-y paint to fall onto your painting. Instead, hold your painting up at an angle and hold the toothbrush in front of it; the spray will go onto the painting and any water-y globs will drip harmlessly onto the table.
As you can see, I got some “overspray” onto the grassy area, which didn’t bother me since that will be painted later.
To protect your painting, you can hold your hand over the area you want to keep clean, or use some pieces of scrap paper or even tissues to cover up any area you don’t want sprayed.
Now I’m working on the trees. Obviously, I already added water to the right tree. Below you will see the left tree as I’m adding the water.
*Newbie Alert – use whatever size brush you feel comfortable using for the area you are working on. I used a 1 in. flat brush to paint in the sky and beach, but this round brush is good for the smaller tree area. I will usually rub the round brush in a circular motion for trees, but will stroke the flat brush back and forth for larger areas.
The trees completed – for now!