With glazing layers, my watercolor paper testing series continues! This time it’s an outdoor plant – this time a Hawaiian Akia….and we’ll talk about glazing to build up color, especially on a paper like Stonehenge Aqua!
Tutorial: Glazing watercolor (wc paper test #3)
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Layer colors to create variety in greens
In this painting with 5 passes, I started with yellow for the lights, added the 2nd light with a thin green. Followed up with Cascade for the blue leaves, green for the rest, and then went stronger with color at the end. It’s a way to slowly step up color; lots of times we fear going too dark, and knowing how to SIMPLY glaze – not scrubbing – can help adjust color in a controlled way.
The Stonehenge Aqua hasn’t been my favorite paper; it has two distinct sides, which you can feel when touching it even if the surfaces look textured.
- Absorption – I think overabsorption may be what caused the gumming up of the pigments when I applied it heavily; when there’s flow on the surface, it doesn’t get weird and pilly.
- Layering – worked much better! Lighter pigment to build up. But the paper can’t handle scrubbing, so keep to simpler brushstrokes.
- Edges — the surface texture did really well with that! Check a few of my recent paintings added to my fine art website that are on this paper.
- Overall — not bad for a $5 sheet, the texture is decent. It’ll depend on your painting style if this is the perfect paper for you; most of us don’t paint as simply as works best here, but I’m sure there’ll be some who work well with it!
Green Thumb Watercolor Sketches class
I’m not one with a green thumb (ACK! my poor plants!) – but I can celebrate all the diversity of plants by painting them! And in response to some requests for these sketches from this series to be made available for purchase, I turned it into an inexpensive course – that means everything will be together in one spot, rather than digging through my YT channel, blog, etc. Eventually there’ll be probably 10-12 lessons in the class, but right now there’s two in the Green Thumb Watercolor Sketches class.
Got plant ideas?
Feel free to add to my list of green plants to use for this further series! I’ve already got more on the list than I need but ya never know if I’ll find one extra inspiring. Leave a comment and let me know!