I first heard about Peerless Water Colors in a Jane Davenport online class I was taking. These nifty little sheets of paper hold highly concentrated pure, intense color. The description from the Peerless page includes words like intense strength, absolute solubility, clean color and convenient. The color adheres to one side of a specially designed paper fabric. The color is activated when water – or any other soluble mixture – is applied.
With Peerless you get plenty of bright, vivid, beautiful, bold color. And you already know I am all about the color! Hahahaha! Yep! I took my Peerless swatches and made a color chart page spread in my color journal. If you remember, I posted about it not long ago. Here I used a water brush and just touched the wet tip of the brush to a Peerless sheet, then brushed it onto the page. Seriously, it is that simple.
For this particular project I worked in my Strathmore 8″ x 5.5″ watercolor journal. I jut started picking up various colors and touched the wet brush to them, and brushed color across the page. Not rocket science. Just play.
I kept adding color – building my page – using the colors I thought I would use the most. I am not much for browns, tans or grey so I skipped those for this page. Think layers and building stacks of color. Here and there until your page is full.
At the time I was visiting my friend Cindy who lives just outside Toronto. One of the many things Cindy and her girls introduced me to was hot tea and milk. Yummy! I even bought teas bags as soon as I got back home so I could repeat this excellence in Florida.
Of course, it is a little harder to use your Peerless swatches when Mr. Socks is taking a nap on top of your supplies. Hahaha! Love Mr. Socks! Those little papers under his front paw? Those are the swatches. If you look closely at the one on top of the stack to the left of his paw, you will see a small dot at the bottom corner and another at the top corner of the swatch. That is where I touched my water brush to the swatch to pick up the color. These little sheets really do last a long time!
I just kept working, adding color, until my page was filled with awesome, gorgeous, wild beauty! That’s a close-up shot there!
Here is the whole page. I really just started playing with ideas and you want to know what I did to get that speckled look across the top? See those random white splotches?
To get this awesome splattering, I held my water brush at an angle off to the right hand side of the page. Then I smacked the brush against an extended finger on my left hand which caused small water speckles to fly across the page from right to left. Everywhere the water hit it lifted color away – leaving behind these neat little patterns. Pretty fun! And it looks different than when you tap the splatter straight down onto the page.
I was happy with the way the color looked at this point, so I grabbed a Sharpie fine point and started adding tangles. Gayle recently asked me in Tangle All Around about tangle placement. I love working on a larger scale piece and adding tangles to match the size of the color blocks. Above you can see how I got started. I pick an area of color – like that purple section in the lower right corner – and fill it with one pattern. Here I used printemps. For some projects I might make every purple section be one pattern, sometimes it doesn’t matter to me. On a piece like this I will typically pick 3 or 4 patterns and only use those on the page. Think color blocks/tangle blocks.
You can see how I started to merge the patterns together in this shot.
I just let each section run into the next, using those four patterns only.
Keep in mind that open space – also called white space – is a good thing. You do not have to fill in every little bit of space. Unless you really want to. White space gives contrast and balance.
So much fun to do! You can see the variation in the colors of the Peerless watercolors and see how they blend and flow into each other. There is a section in the photo above that I just love. In the lower left corner you see a pink rose shape – that is the diva dance rock n’ roll tangle. Just above it you see a section of little black crescents with lines arcing in towards the middle (crescent moon.) It has shades of both teal and pink. That’s it! I love the way those colors work together! They don’t fight, they co-exist beautifully!
Such wonderful color and you can hardly even tell I used my Peerless swatches!
And even though this page may look difficult, it was super easy to draw. Limiting yourself to 3 or 4 patterns takes away a lot of the decision making. Add the power punch of Peerless watercolors and a water brush. My perspective on Peerless? Worth every cent and then some! You just can not go wrong! I hope this review was helpful to you. If you are interested in other similar types of posts, you can find them at the top of this page in the black box. Click on the option Tutorials & Reviews.
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