You want to learn to paint but you don't know where to start. You've got the tools. You've got the desire. Sometimes starting is the scariest part. So here's my proposal, try something fun, like making Easter Egg cards, and learn some important watercolor skills along the way. Too good to be true? Not at all.
Through this project you will learn: pouring techniques (a la the wonderful Linda Baker), strength of pigment, transparency, and masking skills. Distract yourself with a fun project of making Easter cards and in the process learn skills you can bring to your more serious attempts at watercolor.
For all things masking and pouring, Linda Baker is a great source. Layers of Design in Watercolor covers all sorts of watercolor textures. No Fear Watercolor is a more basic look at the complex world of watercolor.
- Card stock (I'm using brown for the card and cheap white for my stencil.)
- Watercolor paper (I'm using paper from a 15 year old block of Arches 140 cold press)
- Masking Fluid
- An old cheap brush.
- Red and blue paint. (I used Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Red.)
(Stages of my final card left to right: poured layer, first layer masking removed, final painting touches.)
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