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.
I painted the truck and trees first and then added the pen after.
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.
The paper handled the watercolour much better and didn’t warp.
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.
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.
I might use this sketch to do a felted picture of him. I have lots of orange wool roving.
Turkeys are frequent visitors to my cottage.
This portrait is a wet on wet watercolour from a photograph taken last summer.
This is a wet on wet watercolour portrait of my niece from a photograph taken several years ago.