This was such a fun piece to make! Not my normal colors – I don’t use red very often. Hahaha! Like in – hardly ever!
Doesn’t this look yummy? A couple days ago I mentioned the calendar art call I participated in. The theme was red. I was like . . . uh, red??? For serious??? I dislike red on a competition type level. Almost as much as black and brown. Yep. So not my color. But it was the theme! So I had to include it. Hahaha! To the rescue came my Dylusions Ink Sprays for color. For paper I turned to Hahnemühle‘s Cézanne Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper. Of course. I was on a roll with that paper and couldn’t help myself.
I began with a lot of water – all over the page. I’m talking a coffee cup and a mop brush kind of water! I just slopped it all over the page, then started with my Postbox Red from Dylusions. It sprayed a little heavier-handed than I expected, and I wanted some yellow so I grabbed my Lemon Zest and shot a couple good sprays in there. Actually that red was killing me, hahahahaha! so I sprayed some White Linen over the darkest areas. Trying to tame the red, so to speak. What I had at this point was so much wet!!! I love it!!!
I totally left that whole mess sitting on the countertop, locked Aurora in the bathroom, and Mark and I went out for dinner. When we got back home – this is what it was drying into. I like that it kept much of the structure. Many times with Dylusions that doesn’t happen. And the color softened up a bit. That was a plus also.
But the theme was red, so I added more red to cover up some of the yellow. Keeping just glimpses of yellow here and there. And I used a heat gun to dry things. See those large circular areas? and the places where the color looks like it ran in lines and drips? Those are features I created with the heat gun. Just by pointing the gun straight down at the paper – the hot air pushes the color out from the center and it dries in those round shapes. I just call them heat rings. Don’t know that they actually have a name. It’s kind of like artangleology – I just made it up! The lines and drips are where I pushed the color with heat. Forced it to move, then left it to dry. I also added some white linen flecks here and there. And a few white blobby spots and . . .
. . . just let it dry naturally. See how that white area in the red spots at the lower left is just blurred out and soft? That is how it air dries. The colors keep merging as it dries and you get a beautiful creamy effect.
And then because I really dislike red – like a lot – I sprayed more white over the entire piece. Just high across the top of the piece – about a foot above the paper and sprayed it parallel so the color just drifted down onto the page. Of course I totally got white on the counter and window as well. So goes the way of arting! Completed piece – 12″ x 16″ on this wonderful Cézanne Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper. No idea what I will do with it other than perhaps hang it up one day to admire. Cause I do love the yellows! Hahahaha!
Want to check out the Dylusions Ink Sprays? I get mine from Joggles because the prices are normally lower with Barb. Right here.
Cézanne Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper is right here.
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