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© 2019 Este MacLeod

© 2019 Explore Colour

Black and White Layering

July 25, 2019

Background

 

Today's project is inspired by the atmospheric work of Akira Kusaka You can see more on this Pinterest board.

 

 

This nighttime scene painting is to be done in the watercolour paper block. Have a look at the Pinterest board, you can create some drawings in your sketchbook to work from. Akira's work is the inspiration for the subtle textures and atmosphere created by using limited muted colours and a simple design.

 

You can follow my lead and create a landscape with a moon as focal point or choose your own composition.

 

 Artwork Project

 

Starting with a round yellow shape to become a moon (I printed it with a balloon). Around the moon I painted a blue basic layer, mixing ultramarine blue, pthalo blue and burnt sienna, Mixing the painted watercolour layer whilst wet you can create some texture. Look at the video for details.

 

Once the blue layer is dry a black high flow and matte medium layer is applied using a balloon for texture. The moon has been masked out with masking tape. Experiment with texture whilst the paint is wet, you can refresh it by adding a bit of water with the fan brush. Kitchen paper can be used to blot paint and add interest. Again, see the video for details.

 

Once the black layer is dried you can remove the masking tape and apply a thin layer of white high flow. I used the balloon to apply a thin textured layer. The fan brush is also good to create lines and texture, this can be dabbed off to create more texture. A foggy sky was the aim. I printed a flimsy black cloud with a silicon sponge in front of the moon.

 

A toilet roll is ideal to print the branches of the trees. I folded it double, and cut the loops then secured it with masking tape. You can figure out a suitable way. Black high flow mixed with water works well for the stamping of the branches. More details was added for the undergrowth and a comb brush had been used blend in black lines.

 

Mixing media, starting with a watercolour layer covered by acrylic paint and matte medium offers new options for textures and details.

 

Objectives

 

Mixing media, starting with a watercolour layer covered by acrylic paint and matte medium offers new options for textures and details.

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