I, of course, chose to paint flowers.
My inspiration for this painting can=me from the 'Rainbow Of Colours' two weeks ago. I really liked the top LH corner of the painting and thought it would be fun to see if I could use the same process to paint a whole painting.
The idea is to apply a wash to the paper and then paint the negative shapes around the objects. mIt all started quite well, except that yet again I forgot to photograph the original wash.
I used a piece of 'Cornwall ' paper produced by Hahnemuhle. It has a very distinct texture which I like for experimental work, and a fairly hard glaze which can be useful. It is also a 450g paper which means it does not buckle too badly when using lots of water.
One of the major problems I had, is the difficulty of working with washes of green and red. Where they mix, the colours can become very muddy. I tried to keep them as separate bas possible, but it does not always work.
The 'Cornwall' paper is useful in so far as the surface of the paper allows the paint to be lifted quite easily. In fact paint can be reasonably lightened by using an ordinary pencil eraser! I was able, therefore to remove quite a bit od the red paint in the bottom corner in order to paint in the green leaves. The difference is quite obvious in the two photographs below.
The surface should not be scrubbed but just gently washed with a sofrt brush and the paint removed with a clean tissue.
Watercolour on 450g 'Cornwall' paper
approx 38cms x 28 cms