Sunday, July 9, 2017

ANOTHER FINE MESS

Well, I worked on the magnolia with the bee and really worked and worked and - can you say OverWorked???  It happens.  Especially when I'm not focused enough.  


So...how to fix a bad watercolor painting that cannot be wiped back to white?  Make it so it can be wiped back to white = get out the white gesso and gesso over it lightly enough to see the drawing underneath and start again.

That is what I did, drawing a bit heavy-handed but I'll work around that later.  I think this will be a mixed watermedia piece now = watercolor with watercolor crayon and watercolor pencil added.

Hang in there and we'll see where this goes!

9 comments:

AK said...

The aim is to enjoy your work. Media is not important. Happy painting.

E.M. Corsa said...

I sometimes add a touch of pastel (maybe white for you). It brightens up the area and gives it a nice look. Try that if you have some. Nothing to lose right?

Chris Lally said...

Thanks for the great gesso tip, Rhonda! A mixed water media painting is the perfect solution!!

RH Carpenter said...

Oh, I am enjoying the starts but, usually, this many means I'm not secure in the finishes right now - we'll see where it goes! Thanks, Asit!

I've never added pastel to watercolor - guess I feel I have to stay with water media - but I'm not against pastels (and heaven knows, I have enough of them I never use!). Thanks, Elizabeth

Chris, it works - just adds texture to the paper, of course - but that's not a bad thing.

RH Carpenter said...

Chris, the first time I heard of pouring thinned gesso over a painting was in the Alex Powers book and I think he used it quite a bit so push back areas and just start over in areas. Kathleen Conover uses thinned gesso, too.

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

Mixed media works for me! Enjoy the process. (Easier said than done sometimes!)

Debbie Nolan said...

Ah Rhonda I do the same thing - Gesso is always a great go too when one wants to redo a spot or too. So glad you are carrying on friend. Hugs.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

I didn't know that would work, makes sense why it does but never thought of it before.

glad you are going to try to finish it :)

RH Carpenter said...

It seems that we have an idea of where something SHOULD go and when it doesn't go that way, we get frustrated and blocked. Glad I could finish this one by going in a different direction. Thanks, Carol, Debbie and Jennifer Rose.