Circles

Experimenting with water colors. Below is an exercise in choosing colors and how to fill up space.

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I’m also getting acquainted with the materials. I used dry water colors, but I think I prefer the liquid kind in tubes. Once I learned to get the right consistency, I realized that no matter what the ratio is of water to paint, I wouldn’t be able to make it look good if it was applied on too thickly.

In my head, I wanted the color to be vibrant and opaque, like ink, but it looked caked on and over-worked.

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Circles 082718, 12″ x 18,” Water color on paper 

The blue circles were given one or two applications and even look pretty, while the red circles on the right were given five or six applications. Eventually, I washed off the excess red but it still looks comparatively dull and plain.

Materials:

Water color paper (Strathmore 400)

Water color (Roel, Acuarelas Italianas)

Coffee as a base wash

 

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