Today is the start of Watercolor Week in the Jane Davenport Supplies Me class. I have Staedtler watercolor pencils, Stabilo CarbOthello pastels which can be used wet or dry, a palette of Yasutomo glittery watercolors, and Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Black Soot and Barn Door. I am using Kuretake water brushes, which I love. i also have 2 filled of the brushes with India ink in black and brown.

Aside from my limited mixed media experience and painting a couple walls in our condo, it has been since scene shop in college when I did any painting, which is more about painting to someone else’s specifications. It is safe to say that I have forgotten a lot of the rules of painting. You know, like color mixing in painting is subtractive. I spent a lot of my theater time on lighting design, which is additive color mixing.

I love my Prisma pencils but watercolor pencils have to be used differently, particularly when you plan to use them wet. All of which you can see in my evening’s experiments. Water being my other nemesis. Waiting for pages to dry is new for my journal and I am still finding my bearings there.

The top page is plain paper, which is Arches cold press watercolor paper. The bottom 2 images are from another handmade Arches paper journal that I had previously covered with Golden white gesso, plus embellishments inspired by Teesha Moore’s collage journal tutorials on youtube. I like the eyes, which was the last thing I did tonight, trying to incorporate what I learned from my Orange Girl page. The drawings are mine, except in the center image, which is one of the Jane Davenport stencils, stippled on my page using Andirondak dye ink in Raisin. I want to go back and give Orange Girl and the others more details, after my page dries. 

I kept a small but diverse collection of dad’s art books, and I think there is a book on watercolor technique. I think it is time to get that book and refresh myself on painting techniques.