So, here I am again, back to more traditional watercolor painting on watercolor on paper. Still working towards completing a decent water lily painting with a delicate background and soft colors.
First, I flipped the original sketch so the pad is in the upper right, got rid of all the extraneous leaf and lines and redrew it on watercolor paper. Then I masked out everything but the water.
I decided I needed to do light glazes to get the water to look pale and delicate so...
I prewet the paper with a big flat, soft brush, then gently brushed on Hansa Yellow Medium to get a good but light coverage.
Each glaze has to dry completely before going back in with a second color.
Some people have the patience for glazing layers and layers - as long as they keep using transparent watercolor pigments - and still get a rich, deep color. I may glaze 4-5 layers or so and see how it goes, making sure I'm choosing clean, transparent colors at each stage.
So...after the Hansa Yellow Medium dries completely, I will add Quinacridone Rose to this to get a nice warm glow. Then I have to see what it looks like and what it needs before going on with...a blue?