Lovely cool lavenders merge with turquoise blue on a sculptured, impasto textured Hot Press paper. The whole process, from start to finish was a experimental technique that was super fun!
Great for Textures. Fast, fun and playful watercolor technique. Easy.
Here’s how I did it.
- I had some small pieces of watercolor Hot Press paper to use up, so I got out my acrylic impasto gel and slathered it on thickly. Then took a qtip and made random designs into it.
- I could have had a more organized approach and planned something. I didn’t feel like it. But you might want to.
- It had to dry overnight, in order for the watercolor to properly ‘move’ on the surface.
- I thought I’d try 3 colors I don’t normally use together: phalo turquoise, indian yellow and cobalt violet. These combined to create a dominant cool feel to the painting.
- Once I made certain the surface was Dry, I ‘dripped’ in the 3 colours. Randomly. To see what would happen.
- Not wanting to go overboard with too much paint destroying my Light tones and Mid tones I stopped on the ‘sooner’ side rather than later.
I like the purple movement over the blue turquoise. And the deeply grooved patterns cut into the surface from the impasto.
This Inspiring impasto + watercolor technique has lots of potential for larger pieces, as well as for more representational images too. I’d love to do a profile using this technique! I can see ‘Matisse influenced’ work using this approach would work quite well.