Splatters & Drips

Week 39:  Use Splatters & Drips

I love this challenge!  I am always trying to “make pictures” out of backgrounds and messes I’ve made on underpaper so I rolled up my sleeves and got busy!

I started randomly dropping watercolor in warm colors onto my paper . . . . you can see how much water I used!  I instantly saw flowers so I added some greens and deeper tones to see what emerged.

Love!  I leaned it against my palette to let it drip a bit.  I know what you’re thinking . . . “WHAT IS THAT AWESOME PALETTE SHE IS USING!”  You can read all about it on my “COOL TOOLS” blog post next Tuesday!

After my paints were dry, I began to look for shapes among the drips and splatters.  I saw this little rosebud, so I sketched it roughly with my mechanical pencil.  I moved through the whole page, identifying petals and leaves.  I moved quickly and tried not to over think it.

Once I was satisfied with my bouquet, I dropped in a few little dark colors for contrast and a tiny bit of shading with my pencil.  This made the flowers pop out.  Then I splattered some paint onto the page.  I really loved how it turned out!

I cannot wait to see the creative pages you all come up with this week!

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    Wow, you’re so good with being able to see things in the random splats and drips! Beautiful colors and great drawings!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you so much Andrew, that is wonderful praise coming from an artist like you! So proud to "know" you!

  2. Mary W

    I just looked at all the other girls beautiful pages and commented on them saving yours for last since the colors were like icing on a cake. Just told Rae how I "see" things in random shapes and now I finally open your blog and read. You laid down some steps to follow for doing just that and made a really eye popping page that didn’t turn brown! It is beautiful and I can’t wait to play – using your steps. What fun!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you so much Mary! I know you definitely "see" things – that was evident when I met you in class! You have such a beautiful, artful eye!

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    I love how you did that. I still have yet to figure out watercolors. Maybe one day.

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you Cody – I can’t figure out watercolors either – Haha! I just let them "do their thing!"

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