Saturday, January 22, 2011

Watercolor Painting or First Aid?

Winter Aspens

The painting above, Winter Aspens,  is the finished product.   The paintings below were done by student's in today's watercolor class and will show the painting during the various steps.

Susan's Painting with Gauze in Place

Removing the Gauze
Tracy's Painting with Gauze Removed
Watercolor painting lends itself to texturization.  One of my favorite techniques is the use of surgical gauze to works as if MAGIC!  The background trees/foliage was painted with the surgical gauze texturization method.    The following are instructions for surgical gauze texturization. 

Adding texture to a painting can be accomplished in many ways….one interesting way to add texture is the use of surgical gauze.

How and why does it work?

The gauze will absorb the paint and leave a mark when lifted. The difference in color from light to dark formed by the weave of the gauze will leave an interesting design.

What is important to remember when using this technique?

Manipulation of the gauze to make irregular patterns will create more interesting designs. The watercolor paper must be wet to hold the gauze in place before the paint is applied.

When should this technique be used?

This technique can be used to create spider webs, foliage, basket weave, etc.

How to texturize using surgical gauze

• Wet your watercolor paper with clear water. This will hold the gauze in place.

• Use a single layer of gauze if your gauze is doubled.

• Using your hands, manipulate the gauze into place purposely placing it irregularly on your painting unless a regular pattern is desired.

• Rewet any areas that may have dried.

• Using a flat brush, apply the paint. One single color or several colors can be used depending on the result you are trying to achieve.

• Let the gauze dry and remove it.

• Add any details with a round brush if there are areas that are not the consistent color or pattern you would like.

Texturization can add much detail and interest to you paintings and create designs that are not achieved easily by other methods. Use of surgical gauze is one of these methods.

Give this technique a try!

Happy Painting!

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