Hiding Bird


Our Watercolour Challenge this week at Splitcoaststampers is Negative Painting. Everything was going along great until I got to the left side, where I added in Opera Pink. On my test run for my design I added Opera Pink coming from the top. and thought I would use it on this card as well. But it looked awful, so I painted over it with the Ultramarine Blue which I had used on the rest of the background. I am on the fence with the look, but it is better than the pink.

I thought the pink looked okay below the branch, it was above where it did not. I am not sure about the darkness of the blue, but it is what it is and this is very time consuming, so it had to stay.

To do this card I am using Concord & 9th Song Bird stamps, another fave of mine.  The leaves are also part of this set.

To watercolour I used mostly Transparent colours. As I mentioned the background is Ultramarine Blue. I used my watercolours to paint the stamps with the colours I was going to use for each. i.e. as I wanted the branch very light I stamped using Burnt Sienna and water coloured using Buff Titanium, pulling in the Burnt Sienna as I went along. For the bird I painted the outline using the Ultramarine Blue, so it would show up when I painted with the Prussian Blue.

The greens are Sap Green, Green Gold, Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) and Green Gold. The Green Blue shade is Amazonite Genuine. 

I have some Burnt Sienna with Quinacridone Gold and Rose of Ultramarine. There is also Goethite with Lemon Yellow and a couple leaves done in varying shades of Transparent Pyrrol Orange. 

On the Branch I used Burnt Sienna and Buff Titanium.

Negative watercolour is hard to explain other than to say it is layers of different shades of watercolour. Many do beautiful dark to light, which consists of several layers. I did not feel there was really enough room on my card for all the layers so I kept it in the three layer area, getting darker on the leaves as I moved down. 

With more practice I would get better at this technique, it is making the time for practice.

Thank you for dropping by today. If I get some time to make another Negative watercolour card I will post it for you to see.

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xoxo, Kia