Mis?Adventures in Watercolor-Dusty Miller & More Saran Wrap


Almost forgot to post my own work, lol!

I had a touch of insomnia last night so I played around with a couple of ideas I had.

I’m playing with a new triad of Chrome Orange, Quinacridone Violet and Ultramarine Blue but this time I had a couple of ideas I wanted to try instead of a circle triad (though I’ll do one of those as well).  By the way, Orange, Red-Violet and Blue-Violet are considered to be a very powerful triad, but I’ve never found any specific pigments mentioned anywhere, so this is my first attempt to find the ones that work best.

First, I used the Saran Wrap method from Watercolor without Boundaries Part III, but with the twist that I just wet the paper very thoroughly before adding the Saran Wrap, so that the color drizzled under the wrap is the only color.  I think I like this better, but I’m still not sure what I’ll do with this yet.

Next, I wanted to just put the colors next to each other instead of glazing or mingling them.  I didn’t worry if they did mingle a bit.  I was surprised to see that my Quinacridone Violet granulated–it isn’t marked as doing so at the M. Graham site.  It was especially noticeable where it mingled with the Chrome Orange.  Just goes to show that every tube of watercolor is unique.

I was working off photos of Dusty Miller, and sort of used the negative painting technique.  I was tired enough at this point that I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and it shows.

Colors: Chrome Orange, Quinacridone Violet and Ultramarine Blue.

I’m thinking of swapping out Phthalo Blue (RS) instead Ultramarine Blue, but it might overpower the Chrome Orange. We’ll see.

5 comments

  1. Sandra! This is fabulous. I'm so enjoying your watercolor journey. I love, LOVE the leaves. I also love the Saran wrap thing above. Could you give a little more detail on how you achieved that look? I want to try it for some ATC and Zentangle backgrounds. I watched the vid you linked to yesterday, but you did this a little differently. Do tell.

  2. Thank you! Truthfully, I followed the steps in the video. The only real difference is that I started with a blank canvas. I wet the paper down thoroughly as though I were going to do a wet-in-wet wash, and put the pieces of Saran Wrap down on the water. Then I used Karyn's method to drizzle the color in at various places, starting with Chrome Orange, then Quin Violet and lastly the Ultramarine Blue.

  3. I'm lovin' taking the WC classes with you – by reading your posts (ha-ha) I almost feel like I'm there, you describe everything so well. thanks a bunch for sharing your experiences and trials.

  4. Nice colors!!! I see a silhouette of someone doing yoga right there in the middle I love the abstract quality and interesting to know which blue you’ll use. I am guessing Phthalo wills overpower. I have to take that color off my palette, it stains EVERYTHING, even if I miss a TINY bit. Ugh.. I’m so loving the Indanthrone this week.

    PS I realize why my comments weren't working! 😉 I was adding them to your wordpress blog .. I didn't realize you had two blogs 😉 Love your latest crations!!! 🙂

  5. Thank you both!

    Molly, I'm glad you like the 'classes'! I hope you're learning a lot.

    Rose, for a while blogger was having some big problems. It was impossible to add images, so I decided to start up a sister WordPress blog and post the same thing at both sites.

    I do read the comments at both sites, but sadly, I don't always answer them all. I have a routine where I visit sites in a certain order, but I only allow myself so much time online. Somedays, by the time I get to the comments, I'm scurrying and just read.

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