Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wet on Wet Watercolor Swan

This week I've been practicing
the wet on wet watercolor technique.
First I drew out this swan
(11 by 15 inch)
 then completely wet the paper,
and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
My puddles of pigment were prepared
while waiting  on the water to soak in.
I then used a rolled up towel to roll over the paper,
to absorb any excess water.
Then I began to paint.

 I used a 1 in. flat brush and a #10 round.
After the watercolor pigments were dry
 I added black acrylic paint
onto the beak.
Lastly I spattered some white paint
here and there.

Chapter 5 in Watercolor Wisdom
by Jo Taylor shows lots of different techniques.
I will be trying a few more this week.

Savor the Day!


MorningAJ said...

That's gorgeous. I can't get the hang of wet on wet. I seem to have no control at all when I try it. But you've really got a great picture there.

*jean* said...

OMG Yvonne, that is incredible!! beautiful work!! can't wait to see more!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Nice! Wet on wet is difficult but you've got a talent for it, clearly.

Barbara said...

Oooo...very pretty, and an eyecatcher with its gradual transition from vague to realistic images. You seem to be mastering watercolor, have fun!

Barbara said...

Left a comment, then lost it. Just wanted to say how perfectly you seem to be matching watercolor! I like the gradual transition from vague to realistic images. Well done!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S - ART here!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This swan is just gorgeous...great work here!!! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Charade said...

So pretty. And thanks for sharing the process - even with us poor souls who will never, ever have a reason to use it. It's still very interesting to me.

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Netty said...

wow, loving your great swan and the beautiful effect you've achieved with the wet on wet method. x

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Very beautiful swan!! I certainly envy you your talent with a paintbrush.

Yvonne said...

Thanks everyone. I just gave this to my sister for her birthday. She really loved it!

kimmie said...

nice work! I love your saturated colors .... my colors tend to be more muted - but that's how things look up here - especially on a rainy day!

Rein said...

Gorgeous artwork!

Healing Woman said...

Soooo soft looking Yvonne. Your swan is just lovely in her blue water setting.

Carolyn Dube said...

Magnificent- the way the colors blend & the swan- Wow!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Wet on wet is a definite challenge.
Your results are lovely!!
Happy PPF!!
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Daniele Valois said...

Gorgeous! Wet on wet is hard! Love this! So colorful and beautiful angle.

brendathour said...

Oh, that is gorgeous!

carlarey said...

Absolutely gorgeous! The background reminds me of the Northern Lights.

Beadwright said...

I really like this technique and the effects. Beautiful

EVA said...

What a fascinating technique - and beautiful result! Love your swan.

JKW said...

I do like the way this turned out. I've been wanting to do the wet on wet for awhile, might as well, just go for it. Blessings, Janet PPF

Annabelle said...

Amazing water color...loving the technique you tried, turned out gorgeous.
thanks for sharing your path with this lovely rendering of a delicate swan....I think you've captured her graceful beaut perfectly.