I am loving the Val Webb online course, Painting Birds in Watercolor and Beyond. Val has created a technique I've never seen, using white gouache as a resist with black ink. I will not give away her secrets but have gotten Val's permission to share the 2 paintings I did for the class this past week. I think the final results look like lino prints with added watercolor. I highly recommend Val and her online courses and want to thank Laura Starrett for recommending her to me.
(Both of these were from photos Sweetie took in our last trip to Florida - you know we love our birds and always enjoy seeing the sea- and shore-birds when we visit Florida.)
So - if you really like this "look" and are intrigued, check out Val's webpage and the list of her online courses - and sign up (the classes are very easy on the pocketbook, and Val gives you so much extra information and reference material!). She offers watercolor and colored pencil and drawing courses online and you move at your own speed within the weekly lessons offered.
Right now, Val has a painting done with this technique on her blog post, with a link to more information in an older post.
Wouldn't these make a nice set hanging side-by-side, facing each other, on a wall in a beach cottage? I really like the ragged black edging created by the black India ink. The pelican is done on Arches watercolor board (8 x 10 inches) and the egret is done on Arches 300# cold press watercolor paper.