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Monday, 28 April 2014

Saunders Waterford spiral pad

I've had this SW spiral pad for ages, having got it through the SAA.   To be precise it's a 300gms Jumbo Pad with 1/8 Rough paper.  Thinking it would make a change from NOT paper which I usually prefer, the Rough paper turned out to be a bit of a challenge!   Okay, I've worked with rough paper in the past, in fact handmade rough paper which was great to use. 


Sorting out my studio the other day, I came across it again, and decided to try out some painting...


Initially I prepared the paints - and lots of it in a deep well palette, better to have too much paint mixed than not enough. 

Then pencilled in a quick sketch.  Using just clear water I completely covered the entire page...taking my time to go over a couple of times with the clear water, allowing it to soak into this rough paper a bit and then over again to make sure it stayed wet long enough to put the watercolours on.

With a couple of large mop brushes (sizes 6 and 8) from Rosemary & Co. they sucked up the paint and I randomly dropped the paint on - here and there changing the colour as I went (one brush for the blues then greens, the other brush for the yellows and then reds).   Leaving this to totally dry, I then added the detail.   As you see I cropped the picture to add as a background to this blog.



Conclusion:    Really pleased to have rediscovered this spiral pad - having slightly changed the way I work....

 i.e. soaking the paper first, using large mop brushes and loose style


I'm working on some more paintings now and having fun with the process.














14 comments:

  1. I love your colour palette in this painting. Such cheerful, summery colours and a lovely wash where they can mix. That must have been fun to do!

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    1. Thanks DW, it was great fun and it was so random the exciting part was waiting to see how it turned out :-)

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  2. I love your painting the colours are so lovely too. Sarah x

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  3. Very pretty your paining.. I am finding my corners curl up with water painting. Should I use my art blower to make it more drier?

    Is there any on line free classes for learning to draw people sitting. A beginners for newbies. Like me.

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    1. Thanks, glad you like this painting. You say about corners curling up, you could always hold the paper down with masking tape. For online classes then take a look at YouTube. There are a lot of instructional videos on there...just put in the question "how to draw people" etc. and it will come up with choices...that should help you. Another option is in Google search...hope this helps you.

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  4. Lovely experimenting! ♥♥♥

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  5. beautiful journal, beautiful painting!

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  6. I love the poppies landscape, Ann, glad you found the watercolour pad! Love Rudolph too! :)

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    1. Thanks Judy. It's surprising how few poppies I actually detailed in this, the classic thing where the viewer makes the story. lol :-)

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  7. A really lovely watercolor such a beautiful mood to it.

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