Art Danish butikken julskylt Alstermo 2008
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For those who want to experience a painting medium that offers great possibilities, watercolor may be just the hot ticket. After learning a few basics you will be ready to begin an ever-increasing list of skill-building exercises. It is through these exercises that you can develop an understanding of what watercolor can do to make your painting experience fulfilling and exciting.
Seldom do you see articles on the extreme basics of painting, but there are some super simple things that can help you achieve a much higher degree of skill. The first of these is the brush itself…how to hold it, where to grip the handle and what shape might render the line, texture or look you desire.
Many artists hold a brush handle as they would a pencil, i.e., a tight grip just above the ferrule, the metal cap that holds the brush bristles in place. For very precise lines and strokes, that is a great grip method. But, if you loosen your grip and hold the brush by the end most distant from the ferrule, you can achieve very fluid, swishing strokes. This type of grip and hold on the handle will be more applicable to washes and large, less defined areas of the work. With this grip, you can more easily achieve progressively thick to thin lines, perhaps working back to thick, giving a ribbon-type appearance. Practice strokes from different places along the handle and see the way the line changes. You will find a “sweet spot” on the handle that works well for you.
Working with a fully charged brush, you can also experiment with paper that is dry in some areas and wet in others. This is not the usual way watercolor paper is used. Traditionally, thick watercolor paper is soaked and saturated with water, removed and held to shed excess as it runs off, then allowed to mellow and just start to dry. That even moistness is the surface most watercolorists prefer. However, working on dry paper allows much sharper detail work and gives a completely different look to the stroke. Partial dry/wet paper, where there is moisture introduced to only part of the surface, is fun to work on because the texture of the surface changes as you cross the sheet.