Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday Morning: 6/4/15: Extreme wetness

Wetting the paper more than usual by soaking it or by working the water into the fiber with a big, wet brush does more than prolong the drying time. Not needing to take care to prevent blooms , for example, is tremendously liberating, and the exaggerated feathering of edges offers a wider range of interpretation of subjects.

The range of edges in these photos is very wide. You can control how soft or hard  your shapes are by making the paper wetter or the brush dryer. Experiment with these images or some of your own, or invent a scene entirely. You do not need to duplicate what you see. Concentrate instead on being decisive about when you let what the paint does by itself stand for your interpretation of the subject.

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