Value Study of a House Sparrow #Watercolor #ValueStudy #Prima

I enjoyed painting my Nuthatch value study using the black, gray and white pigments that came in the  Prima Confections ‘Classics’ pan set that I reviewed last week.  I decided to do more of the same.

I switched to some watercolor paper that I’ve had for a while.  It’s Saunders Waterford.  I’ve heard fantastic things about it.  It’s 100% cotton, both externally and internally sized (that means gelatin or another product is applied during the making and/or after to strengthen the paper).

However, I fin the paper difficult to work on.  Often with sized paper, the pigment stays on top of the paper and thus is brighter when it finally dries.  In this case, the paint soaks in quickly.  That would be nice if there was a need for quick drying time.  Whatever — knowing how to use the tool is always the answer, so I decided I’d use the Waterford for my value studies.

A surprising amount of drama is created by only using the these three pigments.  I shouldn’t be surprised, Zentangle artist that I am, but I was.  I’m quite enjoying this experiment.

I found my reference photo at the Morguefile archive.

Published by Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

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