One of my favorite things to do as an artist is experiment with different painting techniques. Experimenting is one way to grow as an artist. Also, if you ever find yourself in a creative rut, experimenting can help you out. I enjoy many techniques involving watercolor: traditional watercolor, negative painting, ink and wash, watercolor and wax, and watercolor on masa paper.
Last week, I thought it would be fun to try painting the same composition using three different techniques. For my subject I chose tulips.
The pigments I used for all the paintings were: Quinacridone Coral, Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Magenta, Winsor Violet, Winsor Green (blue shade), Prussian Blue, Quinacridone Gold, New Gamboge, and Hansa Yellow Medium. For the second technique using negative painting, I used Winsor Blue (green shade) in addition to the other pigments.
For my first painting, I just painted in a traditional way using wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, and glazing techniques. I love how the colors turned out so clean and vibrant.
My final experiment involved painting watercolor on masa paper. Painting on masa is very tricky as the paint likes to creep beyond the area where you apply the paint because of the crinkles in the paper. For example, the leaf color may seep into the petals or vice versa.
For more information on painting with masa, see my previous post here.
Of the three finished paintings, the first two look very similar. The third painting using the masa paper, I think, looks more “painterly” because of all of the wonderful texture.
Which one of the three, do you like the best? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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