These are easy landscapes that beginners love! You have fun, its easy and its a wonderful way to create watercolor abstract landscapes. You get on a roll, and churn out several all in under 60 minutes! Fast and addictive.
Abstract Watercolor Landscape Technique
- squeeze fresh paint from selected 2 watercolor paints onto palette
- have plenty of paint on the palette, in order to scoop it up with the knife
- dampen the paper completely, not sloppy wet yet not sparsely either
- load the knife with both colors
- lighter color placed higher, above the darker…. (usually) is a good sequence for the best tonal values for the image
- mine, is opposite. But, I’ve made it work by ensuring plenty of white and mid tones
- stroke the knife loaded with the colors fluidly, across the nice damp paper
- allow the paints to settle
- the particles will sink into the crevices of the cotton rag paper
- do not…. be tempted to go back over the top of the palette knife stroke now
if there is some major flaw; wait til its 100% DRY
- then, identify the problem and the solution
- redampen the paper by spray misting
- then make a smooth subtle correction
Minimal supplies and equipment keep this a very ‘do-able’ project for just about everyone.
burnt sienna Pbr7
Arches 100% cotton rag Rough watercolor paper
What happens if……………
- too many colors are used? muddiness ensues as does flat, monotone appearance
- palette knife is ‘over used’ vs minimal strokes per image? muddiness ensues, so too does chaos
- paper is too wet? control is utterly lost, paint spreads every where!
- paper is dry in patches? those areas are stark white. may look a bit ‘jumpy’
- student paper, cellulose type is used? dull flat look. Plus, an uneven transition of paint, & blotching occurs
- haven’t Planned where the loaded knife strokes are going to be placed, ahead of time? too many confusing strokes, movements, actions take place…. creating too much mayhem
A great read, for help with watercolor materials is Watercolor Basic Tips.
It has a selection of articles on papers, knives, shops, avoiding mud, avoiding fiddling, creating better tonal values, etc.
The more you do, the more fun you have. And the better you get….always a good thing.
Watercolor Abstract Landscapes are so easy, so fun with a palette knife! Try the pk 1008 knife, it is like a magic wand.