Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The simplicity of this background doesn't compete with the drawing. I like how this one came out. The background papers on this piece comes from a very simple technique that produces great results. I got the idea from Edward Betts bookMaster Class in Watermedia. (around the top of my list of great books) where he paints brushstrokes through tissue onto watercolor paper. The tissue blocks some of the paint giving an uneven stroke on the watercolor paper in a way that is impossible to get with a straight forward approach. I save the tissue! (of course) and then I decided to drop some tissue onto the butcher's tray I was using as a palette and lifted off the residue that was there. You have to carefully lift it up and drape it over a chair back or something until it dries as wet tissue is very fragile. Anyway, that's how you can get that blotchy look. So many times our palette looks so much more beautiful than the painting! Now you can capture that beauty. It also appeals to the frugal nature in some of use. Nothing wasted!
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 8:54 PM