Textures in watercolor – experiments

This week, i’m sharing with you an experimentation about textures. Inspired bu the book from Ann Blockley, Experimental Landscape In Watercolor. This book is all about finding a way, with textures and other mix-media techniques, to create stunning landscape.

When i’m experimenting, i rarely have a defined idea in mind, because i just want to have a glance at what this new technique could do. So i don’t have any reference picture to show ! I’ve just chosen the colors according to the season (fall) and i let myself carried away. The only thing i made before hand was a very quick test to check the feasibility and i was right to do so because i’ve noted that dry wool isn’t very effective (check the picture on the left) and if i put too much weight on my paper the plastic wrap doesn’t show either.

I’ve already talk about using plastic wrap for creating textures, like waves in the water. But this time, the idea is to trap some elements in between the plastic wrap and the paper. It could be a thread, some fabrics, salt, a dry leaves… The possibilities are almost endless if the object is flat enough. For this first try, i’ve worked with some thread of yarn. It was what i had on hand ! I’ve also add some salt, but the effect which could have been magnified by the plastic wrap, doesn’t shown much. I think that my paper was a bit too damp for the salt to work, so i will tried again !

Watercolor textures in video

Watercolor textures - ENGLISH VERSION

Brushes : Escoda Aquario nº18, Raphaël le « 803 » nº2, Silver Brush Black Velvet 1/4″ in a dagger shape.
Paper : Canson Héritage rough. 
Couleurs : Viridian (Schmincke), Quinacridone gold (Daniel Smith), Neutral tint (Winsor & Newton), Cobalt blue (Schmincke), Burnt sienna (Schmincke).

And here you have the final painting with some details (click to enlarge) :

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