Painting in the shadow

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  • #95696
    Sandra Strait
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      @sandra-strait

      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:

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      #95742
      Jennifer McLean
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        @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.

        #95745
        Sandra Strait
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          @sandra-strait

          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.

          #95809
          Debra “Kate” Powell
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            @kate-powell

            good idea…

            #95962
            Ellie
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              @an_telly

              Thanks for asking this question!  I’m self-taught – and self-leaning! – too and I really appreciate all of the answers.

              #105181
              Terri Bate
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                @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.

                 

                • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by Terri Bate.
                #105186
                Sandra Strait
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                  @sandra-strait

                  Thank you, Terri.  Color is definitely a complex subject and one you can spend a lifetime learning.

                  #109114
                  Shar Kennett
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                    @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.

                    #110636
                    Anonymous

                      These are great tips, Sandra. Thanks!

                      #110637
                      Anonymous

                        Thanks, Mary, for the useful link.

                        #111463
                        Tamiko McCurry
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                          @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)

                          #127130
                          Sandra Strait
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                            @sandra-strait

                            Tamiko, that isn’t cheating, it’s just mixed media, lol! I say, whatever works, go for it!

                            #127146
                            Rebecca Tromel
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                              @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.

                              #127400
                              Sharon Nolfi
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                                @sharonnolfi

                                Lots of helpful info here. Thanks to Thomas for starting this topic and to all those who contributed.

                                #127429
                                Anonymous

                                  Thanks Sandra, great advice

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