Wednesday, March 16, 2011
If you follow this blog, you'll know that I often complete studies before I jump into a large piece. This is a study for a painting of river rocks underwater. It came about more as a doodle then I got involved in the detail and had to keep going.
I started with a watersoluble pencil on what was at hand at the time - a sheet of acrylic canvas. This of course, is meant for painting using acrylics, and the texture affects drawing and watercolour which was used here.
I wanted to experiment with using the surface and texture to my advantage. I found that while there is a granular effect with the watercolour settling into the weave of the surface, I can easily get back to a white surface with a wipe of a damp brush. Its rather like Yupo or TerraSkin in that respect, thought I don't think I'll be using the acrylic canvas for a finished piece in watercolour.
But for now, the study works on any surface as I can work out colours and textures, but its made me consider whether yupo or terraskin might work more in my favour than watercolour paper. It could save me a lot of time in masking light reflection lines.