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Sketching in an Inexpensive Sketchbook

I started a new sketchbook at the beginning of July.  Most of the sketches so far have been drawn in ink and the watercolour was added after.  The paper isn’t made for watercolour and I had to experiment with how to apply the paint so that it didn’t look like just a bunch of coloured blotches.  I found that wetting the paper first and painting wet on wet worked best. However it was hard to get intense colour and the pages warped.

Cedar and Black Walnut (I think) Trees at Barnet Park

Trees Growing  Around Abandoned Truck in Calabogie

 

 

I painted the truck and trees first and then added the pen after.

Madawaska River from Bridge on K&P Trail in Calabogie

I then covered some of the pages (one side only) with Golden Absorbent Ground (White).  I used one of the pages to paint an impression of one of the views from my daily walk.

View from Tatty Hill Road

The paper handled the watercolour much better and didn’t warp.

Cottage in Calabogie

 

 

I started the next one with pen and added watercolour after.  Although I did spend a lot of time measuring, the proportions didn’t work out right, but I can try it again later.

 

 

 

I like the size and format of this sketchbook so I have covered several pages with Absorbent Ground in preparation for more watercolour sketches.

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Wet on Wet Fun

I was having no luck with the sketches I was doing in order to paint another watercolour.  So I gave up and just painted wet-on-wet and had fun.imaginary-watercolour-landscape

Growing Old Together

This watercolour is of tree trunks in a neighbour’s yard.

Growing Old Together

Growing Old Together

Red Fox

I have been busy lately getting ready for Fibre Fling 5 which is on April 8 & 9 but I did manage to get this quick watercolour sketch done.

Watercolour portrait of a red fox

Red Fox

I might use this sketch to do a felted picture of him. I have lots of orange wool roving.

Blue Jay

The Blue Jays love to sit in my pine trees between visits to the bird feeders.  This watercolour is from a photograph I took last winter.

blue-jay-in-pine_watercolour

 

 

Visitor

wild turkey portrait

Visitor

Turkeys are frequent visitors to my cottage.

This portrait is a wet on wet watercolour from a photograph taken last summer.

 

Happy Girl

This is a wet on wet watercolour portrait of my niece from a photograph taken several years ago.

Happy Girl

Happy Girl

Three Amigas

From an old black and white photograph that I took years ago.

Three cows - watercolour

Tres Amigas

 

 

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