Wednesday, February 27, 2013

CTC Watercolor Tutorial Unit 25

Unit 25
A very fun wet working watercolor, we are doing clouds on wet. If you can work quickly you can get the cloud effects the first time. If your like us in a very dry environment I'll show you how we achieved similar results after the fact. 
Day 1
All your supplies, Please note today we are working vertically. 
Prep your paper by tracing the quarter on some masking tape. 
 Carefully cut out your circle. Like those scissors? I have had them since first or second grade :-)
They are OLD! 
 Put the tape down in the upper right hand corner. 
If you want your painting to dry flat tape down the edges. 
 About 2 large pea sizes of Dark blue and a large pea size of grey,
or a smidgen of black and some white to make the grey. 
If you need to, this is a good time to mix up the grey. 
 Wet down your paper... and Now I know why Little Miss Sunshine was giggling like crazy Sweet Potato was making funny faces the whole time. 
Lightly dry off the pools of water but leave it wet wet.
Since we are blogging ours dried out to much but have no fear!
I'll show you what should have happened. 
 Make some grey clouds in the sky... and even if you start out with puffy kid clouds...
 You can add bits and bobs till they look like "real" clouds.
Keep making clouds Don't put a cloud over the top of your moon, you will see why later.
 I was thinking about those anvil clouds we get right before a thunder storm.
 Don't forget to break the boundaries, Like my cloud in the upper right it give your painting a more realistic look.
 OK my water is really dirty if your not using 2 water sources change out this water.
 Ahh nice and clean!
 Ok my paper dried on me again! working really quickly I added water to the white dry parts of my painting.
 Opps caught some cloud.
 But look at the edges! The paint is drifting in the water and making a very realistic cloud.
Work fast :-) paint in the blue background it too will drift and float it will look so cool!
 keep going
 Like the energizer bunny!
 Ok here is Sweet Potatoes cloud painting I wonder if she thinks it's Cloud City?

Here is Little Miss Sunshine's painting at end of day one. 
Here is mine. Put in a safe place to dry 
Set up time 5-10 minutes, painting time less than 10 minutes. 

Day 3 
 Mix up your light grey paint save some white for your stars in another well.
Make the clouds near the moon lighter. Remember the light of the moon is lighting them up! 
 Really think about how the moons light would reflect as your paint this.

 Now use your tooth pick to make dots of white to be stars.
 Don't put to many around the moon as the moons light tends to wash out all the but brightest stars. See I put a really bright star next to it... can we say oops turned into a star.

 When you are done you can peel back the masking tape and reveal your bright white moon!
If you had painted over your moon the clouds would be blocking the light and the moon itself and it would look really funny right about now. 

Little Miss Sunshine painting away.
 Adding dots.
Sweet Potato making those close clouds light grey. 
See how small the dots are, but man they do look like stars when it is all said and done. 

My finished work of art. 
Sweet Potatoes. Little Miss Sunshine didn't take a finished photo... himm and she is the photographer!
Set up time 5-10 minutes Painting time less than 10 minutes. 

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