Tagged: shadows watercolor help
August 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm #95696
Thomas, here’s something that I do on occasion when I’ve overworked the paper to the point that it would take color anymore, and I feel the painting is ruined. I use Sakura metallic and moondust gelly roll pens over the watercolor. It adds shine to the dull look that has occurred. I get more compliments on these ‘saves’ then I do on almost any of my other paintings.
It’s more for fun, though, because I don’t think gel pens are lightfast, but you can get some cool effects. The photo is already in the gallery so I’ve just posted the link here:August 28, 2017 at 8:45 pm #95742Jennifer McLeanParticipant@jennifer-mclean
that’s a great idea and the pic is so unique looking. I think when we’re pushed out of our comfort zone things can happen that are miraculous. I also wonder if you could try watercolor pencils on that overworked section, no more water, but still the saturated color.August 28, 2017 at 8:50 pm #95745
I would think that watercolor pencils would work. I don’t know if they would bring back the vibrancy that use lose from overworking the paper. I’ll have to give that a try, because I definitely overwork enough art. When I’m reviewing, I even do it on purpose so I can see how sturdy the paper is.August 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm #95809August 30, 2017 at 1:46 pm #95962EllieParticipant@an_telly
Thanks for asking this question! I’m self-taught – and self-leaning! – too and I really appreciate all of the answers.October 3, 2017 at 5:25 am #105181Terri BateParticipant@terri-bate
That’s a very comprehensive response Sandra! I’ve been given the tip about using complementary colours for the shadows too. I’ve also been told that shadows reflect all the colours surrounding them… fascinating stuff.
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Thank you, Terri. Color is definitely a complex subject and one you can spend a lifetime learning.October 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm #109114Shar KennettParticipant@shar-kennett
Thomas, thank you for asking this question, as I also have problems with shadows. Lots of useful advise to read and try to follow.October 17, 2017 at 1:54 am #110636Anonymous
These are great tips, Sandra. Thanks!October 17, 2017 at 1:55 am #110637Anonymous
Thanks, Mary, for the useful link.October 21, 2017 at 4:38 am #111463Tamiko McCurryParticipant@tamiko-mccurry
I can honestly say I cheat.. Until I learn better, lolol I go back in with water soluble oils pastels or water color pencils and even plain colored pencils or artist brush pitt pens.. (Within first 2-3 seconds the india ink is smudgable)November 29, 2017 at 6:27 pm #127130
Tamiko, that isn’t cheating, it’s just mixed media, lol! I say, whatever works, go for it!November 29, 2017 at 8:49 pm #127146Rebecca TromelParticipant@rebecca-coday
What Sandra said about complimentary colors is true, and also consider your tones or hues. Looking at your colors, online at least, shows me that your hues are almost all the same. Deep and rich tones…what you may try is varying the tones so that when you do shading, it shows up better.December 2, 2017 at 7:49 pm #127400Sharon NolfiParticipant@sharonnolfi
Lots of helpful info here. Thanks to Thomas for starting this topic and to all those who contributed.December 3, 2017 at 1:31 am #127429Anonymous
Thanks Sandra, great advice
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