Hey, /ic/, can we get a traditional art general going?
>Anything to do with wet media.
>Watercolours, oils, acrylics
>Watercolour markers or pencil crayons
>Brushes, washes, technique
>Post what you're currently working on
Sure digital is polished and a brilliant discipline in its own right, but there's nothing quite like problem solving with a brush.
making a small oil study from a Baucher painting
popping the painting cherry
mhm! it's been a while since i've used oil, so i'm treating it like a warmup piece. it's much smaller than the original-- I think mine is 8 in x 16 in, as opposed to 64 x 30 or whatever it is... so focusing on the bigger shapes and elements.
and oops, it's Boucher.
I did this in august. Watercolours with white gelpen for the stars on banana paper. Was just getting back into painting after a long hiatus.
Been having an issue with doing flat washes with watercolours. F
For example, if I do a flat wash of a box, the excess water loiters at the bottom and blooms out, ruining the flat wash.
If I try and draw off the water using a bit of tissue, the pigments at the end tend to lift off a bit too much as well.
Trying to balance the amount of water seems very hit and miss with more guess work than an ability to consistently gauge.
I'm totally new to watercolours though, so if there's something I'm painfully oblivious to, I wouldn't be surprised either.
I think that's mostly a matter of practice. As you get more familiar with your tools, you'll develop an intuition for how wet to work etc.
But rather than using a tissue to mop up excess liquid (though it's a valid choice), you can also try just using a dry brush, or even just draw the excess liquid off your current brush out onto a tissue and use that same now-damp brush to mop up the excess on the page.
The type of brush you use can also change things though. Eg, synthetic brushes don't actually absorb water, so more of it will rush to the paper on contact in comparison to a natural hair brush, where the liquid will be less eager to leave and often lay down more evenly.
You can also angle your painting differently, lay it flatter so gravity won't force the water to accumulate too severely.
But mostly it is just a matter of gauging how much water is on your brush compared to the amount you want to lay down. Ideally you'll rarely have to mop up excess at all unless you're going for a particular effect, but that'll come with practice.