Art Journal: Painting With Friends 1

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This is my first day of working on the “Watercolor Workshop” (by Shasha Prood) with my Facebook friend, Sandra Mitchell.

For the first exercise, we are painting swatches of green and yellow. We are just making a color reference and understanding what happens when each color is applied to the rectangle on the paper.

I started out with a “waterbrush”. You know the kind, it is sometimes referred to as a travel brush because you can fill the handle with water and take it with you. It turned out that it didn’t work very well. If you made a second pass over a wet area, the nylon bristles caused the paper to pill up.

So I switched up to a Cotman, #6, round brush. That worked much better. It holds more water, so it was much easier to fill in the rectangle smoothly.

The colors of green in my box are: Veridian, Emerald, Hooker’s Green and Sap Green.

The colors of yellow are: Lemon Yellow, Winsor Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Yellow Ochre and Quinacridone Gold.

It was fun and relaxing to carefully fill in each rectangle and pay particular attention to getting the color value as even as possible. It was interesting to see which colors were easy to use (Lemon Yellow) and which presented more of a challenge, like the Quinacridone Gold.

Look for Sandra’s results on Facebook!