Today’s watercolor experiment:
Today I wanted to concentrate on building a composition that would have some depth. Yesterday’s study was fun to do, and exercised my imagination, but it was flat.
I began by sketching several pencil marks. I used my non-dominant hand, the left, to try breaking the monotony of the curves produced by my right hand. Two or three lines were enough.
Next I wet the right side of the paper and applied india ink. My idea was to establish dark values immediately. To create different tones in this dark area, I added Moonglow, a grainy Daniel Smith multi pigment watercolor.
I bookended the composition by establishing another dark field on the left side of the paper. I used my new tool, a spray bottle, to wet the paper and dabbed in some india ink. I really liked the texture created by the ink, absorbed by the sprayed water, leaving the dry areas between the spray droplets, free of pigments. The effect was a crackley surface. I carefully touched in some lemon yellow, hoping that it create the effect of back-lit illumination.
Today, I also changed the way I added the latex masking fluid (frisket) to the paper. Instead of pouring it onto the paper, I used a brush. I was careful to protect my brush, as per instructions on the bottle, by washing it with soap and refraining from rinsing it. I dipped the soapy brush into the frisket and applied it to my penciled curves.
Returning to the left side of the composition, I used Moonglow again, to echo the shape I created on the right side of the paper.
For the mid-section of the paper I used raw sienna, a light tonal value, glazing it with the darker raw umber, which I allowed to drip from top to bottom of the paper.
Here is the study at this point, after removal of the frisket:
I like the composition as shown above, but the idea I had in mind was to contrast the earthy texture of the background with bright colors. I used my inks to accomplish this.
I like this composition. I accomplished my goal of creating an interesting textured surface, as opposed to the flat washes I created yesterday. The inked curves stand out in contrast to the background, and yet are harmonious with the curved shapes in the background.