Thought I’d switch to a realistic watercolor for a bit, as I was making a card for my mom and wanted to feature a small painting. This one is on a 3 x 4″ sample piece of 300 lb. Fabriano Artistico in traditional white.
If you enjoy painting with watercolor, and you’d like to try a bunch of different papers, but don’t want to have to shell out the cash for a full sheet of a paper you may not really like, give Dick Blick a call (here is their contact information), and ask for a product specialist (They keep full-time artists on staff to answer questions, and help you find the right products.) Explain that you’d like to sample different artist-quality watercolor papers, and they’ll be glad to send you a whole bunch of 3 x 4″ pieces, at no charge! (Yes, I DO actually love Dick Blick. Truly, they are the greatest store in the universe, IMHO.) Just tell them the brands you’d like to consider. What a way to celebrate the weekend, huh? A free gift of art supplies! What’s not to love? Every time I check, I find their prices are the best. If you find a better deal elsewhere, please let me know! (Although I love their customer service so much, I would probably still order from them anyway hehe.)
I would love to get more vibrancy in my watercolor work. I love the flow and the transparency of watercolor, but I’m missing the oomph I can attain so quickly and easily with acrylic paint. I also need to be more bold with my strokes, add a bit more water than I think at the start (loved this paper sample, but it dried really fast, I was very surprised, considering the weight of it), and be confident and let the paint do its own thing. Maybe I’ll take a page out of Margaret’s book (Margaret is also painting every day in May, and so is Debi Riley – check out their (truly) beautiful work at the links on their names) and try the same subject multiple times, just to see what changes occur. I could try with different sample papers, since Blick sent me about 40, in all different weights, colors and brands! (They are so wonderful!) If anyone has any suggestions of how to get more oomph into a watercolor work, I’d love to hear it!
I hope you are doing a Friday (and a Mother’s Day weekend) dance today. Don’t forget to stop and smell (and paint! ooh, and photograph!) the flowers. Draw a Bird Day is Sunday, if you’re interested in joining us! Peace.