Monday, 2 May 2011
The Wonders of Proper Paper
Go figure! I discovered today that if you use watercolour paints on proper watercolour paper instead of ordinary Xerox paper, it actually makes a difference to how successful the final product looks.
It means you can actually blend layers or washes of paint without the paper falling apart before your eyes AND you stand a teeny-tiny chance of correcting some of mistakes you make when you apply the paint to the paper. Wowzers! :-)
Today's post is my second ever attempt at using watercolours and features a painting of a plant specimen called Chinese Lantern. I can't recall seeing this plant in real life, so I have no idea if it looks remotely like the plant or not. Knowing me, probably not. Still, the kids and the hubby liked it - My six year old even remarked "Good job, Mummy!". Bless him, you've gotta love a build up like that!
I'm pleased that whilst it still looks incredibly amateurish (and I can see heaps of mistakes), it is at least an improvement on my earlier attempt at painting using this medium. I get excited when I see progress!