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I have 111 books in my studio (yes, I counted them) that are Tutorials, and I acquired them slowly over about 10 years. I find that I no longer go to them for inspiration, and decided to get rid of them. Before I do that, however, I’m going to TRY to do ONE PAGE out of each book. Wish me luck……
22 Books Down, 89 to go….
Watercolor – The Spirit of Spontaneity by Karlyn Holman
Jen is still over and she was feeling wild and crazy and she chose this book. Karlyn Holman is a brilliant artist, and this is a really good book. We did two exercises from it.
First, we had to drop very wet paint onto our paper to get some “Splat” shapes, then create a floral picture from the Splats.
Here’s Jen demonstrating her technique:
She then worked these shapes into a Daisy Scene.
My Splats – Love ’em! Try this, it was fun!
I used pen to quickly sketch in some flower shapes, and then laid in a background. I also added Charcoal to some of the flowers, but that looked a little heavy-handed.
Next from this book, Jen chose a project where you crumple up pieces of paper, drop them onto your watercolor paper, and draw around the “crumpled paper shape” to get a loose organic shape. Remove the crumpled paper and paint VERY wet paint onto your paper, trying to leave white where the “organic shape” is. Sprinkle some salt, and then put Cling Wrap over the wet paint, and leave it to dry. Ideally, you’d leave it overnight, but we didn’t so our background wasn’t quite as dramatic as it might have been. THEN you “examine your painting and look for images suggested by the light patterns”. The author had done a floral, and that’s what Jen went with, as well.