Saturday, May 14, 2011

May's Sketchbook Challenge

The Sketchbook Challenge for this month is “Can’t Resist.” Well, I can’t resist new spring leaves and splashing around in watercolors! I gathered a few varieties of leaves from the yard, sketched them and cut them out to use as stencils for this fun little exercise from Ann K. Lindsay’s book, WATERCOLOR: A NEW BEGINNING. Starting in the foreground, successive rows of overlapping leaf shapes have watercolor glazes added around them, pushing them further into the background. The stencils act as a kind of “resist” to the paint.

This was done on heavy watercolor paper because the paper has to be wet for the initial wash. I will glue it into my sketchbook.


Lori Wostl said...

Hi - I came over from Sketchbook Challenge flickr. Thanks for explaining the method you used and pointing me at a new book. Great painting. Lori W at Art Camp for Women

Conni said...

Thanks, Lori, for visiting my blog and for your nice comment!

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

Just so pretty!

Island Threads said...

hello Conni, your sketch book posts are really nice, I like these leaves and your sketch last month, the changed image does have a sepia look, the book cover is beautiful, I followed the link but like yours much better and what a good idea,
hope all is well with you sorry not to have stopped by for so long I am spending most of my time gardening recently, take care, Frances