First time negative painting – Fall Leaves

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  • #116150
    Thomas Blanchard
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    @thomas

    Now that Inktober is over I’ve started working on something I’ve wanted to do all month but didn’t have the time to dedicate myself to it.   I want to do a fall leaves painting using negative painting and layers.

    I’ve watched 2 videos I’m going to try and incorporate into my painting linked below but if you have any tips or tricks to add, please feel free to jump in with your advice!

    All negative painting – Combining Watercolor Techniques: Negative Painting with Salt and Saran by TheHomeGrownArtist:

    https://youtu.be/qLemuFgZ6Zo

    Negative and Positive Painting – Transparent Watercolor Narrated Tutorial: Understanding Negative Painting by Rick Surowicz Watercolor

    https://youtu.be/wmgsJRS8SAw

     

    Thanks!   Tom

    #118154
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    Thank you for the links!

    #118168
    Mary Roff
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    @mary-roff

    Thanks for the links, Tom.  Look forward to seeing your negative painting work.  Had a tough time visualizing negative painting until I watched someone demo painting a white picket fence, only they were painting it negatively so they were painting the negative space around the pickets.  Sometimes it takes awhile for techniques to take hold in this brain of mine.  When I finally did “get it” it was one of those slap yourself on the forehead moments.

    #118241
    Jennifer McLean
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    @jennifer-mclean

    Hi Thomas,

    The second I read you’re gonna try negative painting I thought of Brenda Swenson. Here are three links on youtube that I hope help you. Good luck, it’s something I want to learn too… Damn my bucket list is longer than my arm!!

    #118280
    Thomas Blanchard
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    @thomas

    Thanks Jennifer.  I’ve enjoyed Brenda Swenson for a while.

    #118339
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    I love Negative painting, but I do lose my way with it sometimes, even following instructions.  It can be hard to make your brain see that way.  Well worth the effort to make it do so, though!

    #118864
    Thomas Blanchard
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    @thomas

    I am not super happy with my results so far but I think it’s due to my paper choice.  I tried this on Arches Rough.  I have only used cold press before and I am finding my details less accurate.  Anyway I’m still going at it and will try to finish it as something I like.  It’s interesting it nothing else.   I’ll have to try again on cold press.

    #119111
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    Are you giving your work enough time? With rough paper, the first washes are going to sink in so you may need more layers before it starts to look like something good.  I love rough paper but it does make you live through that ugly duckling phase longer than most!

    #119615
    Thomas Blanchard
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    @thomas

    Yes.  I’m nearing the end and adding some darks in and I’m liking it more and more with the contrasting values.

    #119618
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    I was hoping that would be the case.  If you aren’t used to rough paper it’ll fool ya every time.  I have to keep reminding myself of that when I use it, lol.

     

    #119866
    Pamela Smith
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    @pamela-smith

    Thanks Tom,very interesting technique…I think that using the template would be less confusing and may try it sometime..

    #120128
    Thomas Blanchard
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    @thomas

    Well I figured I’d post the attempt in this thread in addition to my folio.  I want to try it again on cold press.

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