Artwork-Miya Arts Gouache & Van Gogh Interference Watercolor over watercolor on Hahnemühle Cézanne Cold Press. Brushes: Jack Richeson 713995 Watermedia Pocket Plein Air Brush Set Photo reference from Masy on Pixabay.
So how did I get from that to this?
I’m sorry I didn’t have my camera or scanner to take step by step photos. Simply, though – I took a piece of paper I had use to practice brush strokes and used it to test my gouache for opacity.
Gouache is more opaque than watercolor but colors differ in how opaque they are. I used a flat brush throughout.
These were my steps:
- Using Gouache, I
- Painted the entire background Medium Orange
- Used the negative painting method, I added a coat of Ponceau (acid red) around the shape of the hummingbird and branch
- Used Prussian Blue on the dark areas of the bird
- Used Medium Orange and Ponceau on the throat and stomach
- Using Interference Watercolor, I –
- Added Interference Green to the lighter areas of the bird, blending it into the Prussian Blue
- For the branch, I –
- Used up the left over color, using the tip of the brush flat to add texture.