Watercolor Landscape in Phtalo Blue 2 of 2


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This set was painted using a single tube of Phtalo Blue watercolor from my watercolor set. The paper is 140 lb cotton watercolor paper. I am really enjoying the challenge of creating an entire painting with just a single tube of watercolors. Perhaps I will try making a larger one some time in the future.

Watercolor Landscape in Phtalo Blue 1 of 2


Both this set and the set of watercolors in Yellow Ochre are based on photographs I took of the local forests and landscape. I saw a marked improvement in my art as soon as I started working from not just reference images, but reference images that I took myself or things that I have right in front of me. I think that having seen the thing in person helps give life to the art.

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Local Stream in Acrylic Ink


Again using my Speedball Acyrlic Ink and Crow Quill set, I made a drawing based off a photograph I took of a local stream. I used to do really intricate pen and ink work all the time several years ago. It was really nice to get back into it.

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I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing that acrylic ink. It has been nothing but trouble with technical issues- first the false waterproofness, and now? It smudges when I erase faint pencil lines from underneath it. I was able to save what had smudged, however, I don’t want to get more of this ink once I’ve used up what I have.

Yellow Ochre Watercolor Landscape 2 of 2


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When I make a painting using only one tube of color, I’ve found that I have about 4 or 5 layers of color. The first is a very faint wash for the whole background, which I may or may not blot off portions of with a rag or paper towel to make a cloud effect. Then is a barely-more-saturated background layer. Next is one or two medium-saturated layers of middle ground. Finally, I have the foreground, which is with undiluted or barely diluted paint right from the tube.

Yellow Ochre Watercolor Landscape 1 of 2


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This set of watercolors was completed with a tube of yellow ochre watercolor on 140 lb cotton watercolor paper. This project is another iteration of using a single tube of color to create an entire composition. I am starting to get a better understanding of how to use different amounts of water to create different saturations of color. This is a fun, but slightly tricky project, as if you get the saturations wrong, you very quickly find yourself with a blotchy page of undefined color (especially since there is only one color to start with!)


Forest Using a Single Watercolor Tube: 4 of 4


This is the fourth and final landscape in a series of 4 watercolors using only one tube of watercolor.

This project was beneficial to me. I got to see myself improve, even over just 4 pieces! (plus a fifth one that didn’t make the cut.) I have ideas on how I can work this technique into my art in the future, and I got back into using color in my art, something I’ve been struggling with for several years. Overall, I’d consider this project a success.P1030002 - Copy.JPG

Forest Using a Single Watercolor Tube: 3 of 4


This is the third in a series of 4 paintings intended to improve my watercolor painting abilities. One of the challenges for this project, for me at least, was learning how to wait for the paper to dry before I did anything else on it. When I’m using ink, I can go to another section of the page and work on that until the other part dries. Not so with this watercolor project. The water is all over the paper, as I my first layer used a wet-on-wet technique to create the atmospheric blur. I had to learn a different kind of patience for this style.

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(I think I need to get better tape for my edges once I use up my current tape. The sides kept on curling up and un-sticking themselves in a very inconvenient way!)

Forest Using a Single Watercolor Tube: 2 of 4


The second in my series of 4 forest-themed watercolor compositions using only 1 tube of color. This project is to help me improve my ability to use different saturations of watercolors and to improve my technical skill of watercolor in general. I’ve really enjoyed this project, and I may do something similar again in the future.

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Forest Using a Single Watercolor Tube: 1 of 4


This was a really fun project. While looking up techniques of watercolor to improve myself, I saw many different versions of using a single pan or tube of watercolor to create an entire composition. I thought that this would be a great exercise to improve my ability to use watercolors in varying saturations while also practicing how things fade into the atmosphere in the distance.

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