We had a great pouring workshops at Waverly Artists Group Studio and Gallery last week. Thanks to Carla, Roxanne, Lisa, and Lani for attending.
The workshop focused on pouring watercolors and using liquid mask to preserve the white of the paper or lighter values:
You slowly build up the values by alternating pours and masking. It’s messy. It’s fun.
When the painting is almost entirely covered with masking fluid, it looks like this:
Gross, huh? However, when you peel all the masking fluid off:
This is the painting before final adjustments. I have to go back into it with a brush and push/pull a few areas, remove a few hard lines, etc. but you can see the amazing layering achieved by pouring. This is difficult to achieve with a brush since it has a tendency to muddy the color.
In addition to teaching pouring techniques (including the use of different masking brands), I focused a lot on composition- avoiding symmetry, not being a slave to the photograph, unequal shapes, focal points, and others.
It was a fast day. Below are some examples of finished paintings:
If you are interested in this technique and learning watercolor batik take a look at my upcoming workshops page:
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