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1-negative watercoloring


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you know how much i love to watercolor, but this time, you'll learn how to paint in layers of transparent color to create depth and dimension. you'll add one layer of your subject behind another layer, each layer of negative painting will amplify background and foreground, giving you the illusion that the subject is layered on top of each other.

what is negative painting you ask? in negative painting, you do not paint the subject itself - the positive shapes are drawn in stages (don't worry, you won't be drawing anything, tracing is more like it lol) - you will paint the negative shapes which are the shapes around, between and behind your main focal point....huh? you say? don't try to understand what i'm saying, just be ready to be amazed at what you can make in a relative short period of time. it is what you don't paint that becomes the most interesting element!

the size of the original piece is 11x15, but because of the amount of time it takes to complete that size, we'll reduce the paper size so that it's more manageable. maybe an 8x10 - it is important that you learn the technique itself and that you go home with a finished piece - you can make a larger size once you've mastered the technique.

students bring: - products available at Bella for purchase

  • watercolor brush - size 8 or 10
  • watercolor - i used kuretake gansai tambi watercolor and prima watercolor confections (decandent pies) - let us know if you need any of these, we can order for you - we have some of the prima watercolor confections available at Bella- i would suggest that you use highly pigmented watercolor
  • water soluble pencil - i used derwent inktense pencil to draw my images, as long as it's water soluble (will disappear when water goes over it), you'll be ok - we
  • baby wipes
  • watercup
  • paper towel
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • your favorite glue
  • eraser

NOTE: the leaf pattern that you see is something that i drew, so i'll have that pattern available for everyone.  feel free to bring your own pattern if you prefer. leaves are a good subject for this technique, clusters of leaves or if you use single leaves, you can have multiple sizes of single leaves



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