Rock road library art class

image

A warm welcome from local library which was busy with families, story time, young people revising and us artist drawing in the lovely hidden apple orchard at the back of the library. Hoping a regular set of art classes … If you are interested book a place in advance.

next date Saturday 18 October , 10.30-12.30….. Look forward to seeing you !

 

 

 

Experimenting with colour

image
The range of colours and hue in even a small set of only 12 pans is HUGE! But you might enjoy trying this to gain confidence experimenting with colours.  This will take you around 30 minutes.

I used A5 watercolour paper and lightly free drew a swirling abstract shape.

image

Mix a good amount of ochre using clean water and a clean brush and fill in a central shape in your abstract design.

image

image

Because the aim is to have crisp definition between your shapes either let each painted shape dry or paint a shape in another area of your design. Here is where you get to mix your colours. into your ochre wash add a very small amount of another colour. If you are wary start with a yellow.

image

Then continue with other shapes each shape is painted using the same wash BUT with addition of another colour… each time!

image

Until you have completed your design, notice how the colours have a subtle harmony.

image

 

Layering watercolour washes, wet on dry

A first basic step to understanding how watercolours ‘work’ is the use of washes in successive layers, these layers strengthen and deepen colour  and tones. Overlaying different colours will also produce a ‘new’ colour tone.

Here is a simple experiment to help explain the practicalities, it’ll take you around 30 minutes, BUT you will need to let each layer of watercolour dry before adding the next layer… Enjoy!

Draw a design of shapes.

image

I’ve played with overlapping free hand drawn triangles.

Next mix a good amount of one colour in clear water, I used ultramarine.

image

With a clean brush load up with this wash and paint in the shapes aim to keep the edges crisp. I usually start at the edges and work into the middle, take care not to let your paint dry or you will get a stripey finish.

image

Notice how the overlapping layers of paint create darker tones.

Now try try adding a different colour, mix a wash using a clean brush and clean water!

image

I used ochre and drew a vertical stripe.

image

Then I mixed a wash of ultramarine and ochre and painted another vertical stripe.