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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Red Dahlia (WIP)

I finally got around to do the pouring for the 2nd painting I had prepared for the demonstration for the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society on March 6th, and wasn't able to go because of snow.  The painting is 24" x 22" and is on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

I had previously drawn the flower using a grid to enlarge the drawing on the paper.  Then I applied the liquid miskit with the sharpened wooden handle of a paint brush.  I poured this today - this is still with the miskit on the painting. I used watered down acrylic ink instead of watercolor for the pouring part of the painting because I like the intense color and the fact that the paint will not lift when I paint over it with watercolors. 

 I wet the paper and applied the paint with an eye-dropper on the wet surface trying to control the flow of the colors as much as possible.  The miskit helps to keep it in the specific areas- ex. the green running into the red, etc.

After the paint dried, I removed the miskit with a liquid mask remover and it is now ready for me to start the painting with watercolor to finish the painting.


RH Carpenter said...

What luscious colors, Barb. What color are you using for the flower petals - the foxgloves were the same - bold, vibrant, power pinks and violets.

Barb Sailor said...

Rhonda - I used Liquitex acrylic ink - mostly diluted Quinacridone Magenta which I mixed with Pyrolle Red in different amounts - I had 3 different mixtures and then I mixed some orange with the Pyrolle Red for some accent areas. I also mixed the magenta with violet for the more violet areas. Then, when I painted with the watercolor, I primarily used quinacridone magenta - especially for the foxglove painting. I also used blue violet watercolor for both paintings with the shadows. I am constantly mixing colors and it is difficult to establish definite color formulas for you. I have never been one to stick to a precise palette, etc. and am constantly mixing colors - trying them on another paper or towel, and then using them. Hope this helps.