Inspired by Jessica’s review today, I picked up some tubes of Sennelier watercolor and thought I would give them a try. Not entirely sure why I chose a life-sized piece of shrimp for this particular test, but I’ve learned to never question myself. Prior to this, I’ve only ever used Opera Rose in this brand, but using entirely new colors was an interesting challenge. I totally should have made color swatches first, just to see what the paint would look like and how it might mix with other colors. But, as many of you know, I have the patience of a hyper-active five year old child, so this was never going to happen. Instead, I did a lightning fast loose pencil contour, rushed straight to watercolor, and made a doodlewash of a rubber duckie in water, simply because it was the first thing that popped into my head (shown below).
Not sure I’d recommend the Rubber Duckie Color Test for everyone, but for some reason it made sense to me. It was an opportunity to use all the primary colors and play with some shading. And it was more fun, for me at least, than painting little boxes. Though, I definitely think making swatches is a far better route for anyone with the patience and diligence to make them. But, if you’re like me, and simply don’t have that degree of patience, then feel free to just let loose and paint a rubber duck in water.
I really enjoyed just playing today and stepping out of my comfort zone to try new things. And, by the way, I definitely loved the Sennelier watercolors (thanks Jessica!). I’ve been meaning to try something brand new all month, but just haven’t had the chance yet. My little duckie was done in about 15 minutes and not the world’s best painting, but I rather like him. He’s a little yellow reminder that sometimes I just need to pause and play and not worry over the results. As for the giant shrimp, that was simply a reminder that it’s been a long time since I’ve had shrimp and I really need to fix that. Art doesn’t always have to be complex. Sometimes, you can just paint the first thing that pops into your head and giggle at whatever happens next!
About the Doodlewash
SHRIMP: Sennelier L’Aquarelle Watercolours: Bright Red, Opera Rose, Yellow Sophie, Burnt Sienna, Caput Mortum, and French Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
RUBBER DUCKIE COLOR TEST: Sennelier L’Aquarelle Watercolours: Bright Red, Yellow Sophie, Cinercous Blue, Olive Green, and French Ultramarine Blue.
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