Drops: Translucent Blues & Greens

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

-- Langston Hughes


Projects inspired by water drops.

Project 1

Translucent Water Drops

Today’s project is about multiple water drops, paint marks in blues and greens. Using a limited palette of Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Green and Quinacridone Gold with Paynes grey as the shading colour, drops of colour are made with a mop brush.

Attention to the creation of uniform shapes with colour variety to add interest is the focus of this project. Watery shapes are painted using the full size of the mop brush.

Dimension can be added by overpainting, either wet on wet, or more crisp sections with lines and colour variety to add interest to a basic shape. This exercise is also suitable to be done in the way you like to create, whether it be more detail focused, more loose, realistic or controlled.

Project 2

Printed Drop Shapes

In addition to the painted drop shapes projects, a different technique can be used very effectively to make uniform shapes. The Moleskine sketchbook is suitable for this.

Silicon make up sponges are ideal to create uniform shapes like drops suitable for transferring watercolour paint. Cut a silicone sponge into the desired drop shape, this is a template and can be dipped in a watercolour solution or painted with a brush, and then stamped on the paper. Painting can be done afterwards as well, whilst wet or once dried.

Some inspiration for the creation of drops: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/estemacleod/raindrops/

The techniques and shapes in these two projects will be used in the weekend’s project on larger areas.