I just got back from my sixth watercolor workshop session. I missed last week’s workshop because of our mini vacation, and we’ll have one more in July.
Today Nita Leland talked about various techniques that can be used to achieve special effects. Things like sprinkling an area with salt, or covering it with plastic wrap, or using a resist. Many of the techniques she described are also used on fabric, which I thought was interesting. She invited us to use her supplies to experiment, but I passed it up because I am still focused on doing portraits. I’m not sure what I’m trying to learn, but I brought a fun picture of my son-in-law and I wanted to paint it. This particular photo was taken during last year’s VBS, which was a pirate/nautical theme. My SIL was in charge of the games for the kids, so he was dressed appropriately, other than the mirrored sunglasses.
I’ve been having fun working with watercolor. I can’t actually say I’ve learned that much about how to control them, though. I keep going back into areas too soon, or the colors are too dark or too light once I put them on paper. Since I’m in “use it up” mode this year, I suppose I should at least use up my paint and paper before I give up completely. Maybe I should just paint big areas of juicy colors that make me smile 🙂