Saturday, January 29, 2011

Painting Tile, Bricks, or Stonework

The Avenue
Watercolor 9" x 12" Mats to 14" x 16"

In my watercolor above, The Avenue, the stonework behind the sign is a major part of the painting.    Many times, brick, tiles or stonework (even if not the focal paint of the painting), play a major role.

The following are the steps involved in painting bricks, tiles, or stonework.

  • Lay down a wash of the light shade of the wall.....the lightest color that will be the "mortar" of the brickwork, etc.

  • While the background is still wet, add some deeper shades of paint in the same color family or contrasting shades to add interest and realism to the background.

  • Let this dry.  Prepare the color desired for the brickwork.  Dip a "kitchen" or rectangular sponge in the paint and place in the location for the bricks.  Remember to leave areas of the background showing for the mortar. 

Let dry and then complete your painting.

Happy Painting!





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