Saturday, March 31, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
If the color is lighter than you would like, you can apply more color, but the paper must still be damp enough, or you will lift out the first application. If this happens, wait until the first layer is completely dry before reapplying.
As the color from step 1 dries, it will lighten. If necessary, intensify and deepen your red mixture by adding a little Carbazole Violet to it; then apply a second or even a third layer. Once all the petals are filled with color, begin the stems and leaves using a mixture of Permanent Sap Green, French Ultramarine and Hansa Yellow.
Let everything dry, then remove the mask from the stamens by rubbing with your finger.
Begin with dry paper for the darkest possible hue. Cut into the corners using a no. 8 synthetic round. This brush will give you optimum control and a nice, clean edge.
Paint out from the corners, using large sweeping strokes to avoid an overworked appearance.
Using clean water on a no. 30 natural-hair round, start pulling out the darker hue into the background. The resulting variations of value will add interest.
Following the forms of the petals, continue to pull the color out and around.
Continue pulling color around with clean water on the brush, not stopping until you have filled that particular background section.
Paint the stamens much as you did the petals: Fill each one with water, then add color as the shine starts to disappear. Apply a very light value of green along both edges of each filament to give them form. For the anthers (the structures at the tops of the filaments), use a mixture of Hansa Yellow, Permanent Alizarin Crimson and a little Carbazole Violet. When all the petals, stamens and stems are filled with color, reevaluate the overall painting and adjust values as needed.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
- Use the flame of a match to warm the cap from the tube then loosen.
- Place the end of the tube in warm or hot water to loosen.
Another way is to use a nonskid rubber mat (that is used to open jars) usually about 6 x 6 inches available at kitchen supply stores but this can sometimes be hard to find.
Sharron MacBride in my BC workshop shared her idea for a less expensive way to get the same results and much more easily available. Rubber shelf liners. You can find these just about anywhere, hardware, grocery, large chain stores etc.
Cut into a small square, and then unscrew the cap. If the cap is still to tight, loosen with warm water or match first then turn.