Paintings with reds in watercolor

I put the blog in pause during my holidays but i’m back at it now ! So this week i just wanted to play with colors i do not use very often : reds.

I don’t have any reference picture to show because i painted this watercolor painting in a spontaneous way. That is to say that i let myself watch what is happening on the paper and i decide what i want to bring up or tone down as i go, layer by layer. It’s a bit of a dangerous process. It can go super good but also really bad. You have to know when to stop ! I often still want to add lot’s of things, a tiny bit of colors there, a bit more water here…

Before starting this watercolor, i’ve choosen my colors to help me go in one direction and not make a mess by using to much colors. I wanted to paint more with reds and pinks because i have trouble with using them. Those colors are very strong and i want to learn to use them in a more subtle way. The trick is quite easy : using more water ! And learn to work them with layers and slowly.

Painting watercolor with reds in video

Paintings with reds in watercolor - ENGLISH VERSION

Supplies :
Brushes : Escoda Aquario nº18, Rosemary & Co Serie 39 1/2″
Paper : Canson Héritage hot pressed.
Colors : Viridian (Schmincke), Rose madder lake (Sennelier), Winsor red (Winsor & Newton), Aussie red gold (Daniel Smith), Opera pink (Daniel Smith), Bloodstone genuine (Daniel Smith).

And here you have the finished painting (click to enlarge) :

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