My sketchbooks are not just for trying to turn out great sketches…
Okay, some of that goes on… I want a nice flip-through on a journal. But also, experimentation that rarely gets seen by anyone but Mitchell because I may not publish it.
Take the Direct Watercolor posie on this page.
I wanted to see how wet-on-wet worked, as I almost NEVER use that tool.
I got my paper sopping wet using a fat brush I only use for slopping water around,
and then tried laying in a posie in yellow. It ran, it was unruly,
but I didn’t give up because what have I got to lose? A page in my journal?
So I pushed on, and damn if the paper didn’t dry too fast (it was soaked through
so how is that one must ask) and I was working fast. So I rewetted it over the top of
the yellow petals and went in with another color, and another.
Meh, not liking it but the funny thing is that I have this odd commitment to my “children” in that I don’t abandon them until I’ve really tried to make them a nice page in my journal.
So I rewetted the outside of the posie and played a bit more. Then splattered. Okay!
At least when I open the book to flip through for a friend or when the authors come to write my obit they will say, hey, this one is an odd duck BUT SHE FINISHED IT!
Part two, tomorrow!
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