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.

 

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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

 

 

 

The Materials

Minimal supplies and equipment keep this a very ‘do-able’ project for just about everyone.

 

palette knife pk 1008

2 colors:

ultramarine blue Pb29

burnt sienna Pbr7

Arches 100% cotton rag Rough watercolor paper

 

 

 

Questions

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.

 

 

 

Summary

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.

 

 

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