August 25, 2019 100

Watercolor Week: One-Color Challenge!

Watercolor Week: One-Color Challenge!


– Hi everyone, Kristina here. Welcome to Watercolor
Week, or welcome back to Watercolor Week. Yesterday I started things off with a fun color swatching and testing
out some new watercolors, so if you want to check that out, look for the link. I think it’s in that corner (laughing). It’ll come down and you can
click over to that video. So for today’s video,
I thought I would try giving myself a challenge, and I mentioned I would give myself a
challenge in last week’s video, so here I am, this is the challenge. I am going to be painting or watercoloring with only one color. We’re gonna see what
happens, kind of exploring the different contrasts
you can get by using a more saturated color versus something that’s more tinted or pale. I’m gonna experiment
with that a little bit, so let’s get going! I’ve decided to use Mama
Elephant’s Animal Parade stamp set for this card. I thought the different images
would be really fun to paint. I was specifically looking for a stamp set that had a lot of open images to paint because I want to challenge myself to really explore the
different shades of one color. So I’m using some Arches
cold press watercolor paper and I’m stamping the
images and diversifying onyx black ink. This particular ink is
very, very stark black, so that’s what I love when
I’m doing black stamping and it’s also waterproof,
so this is gonna be great for painting over the
top, it’s not gonna smear or smudge or bleed once I start adding my watercolor paint on top. And because this watercolor
paper has a little bit of texture to it, I wanted
to stamp it twice in a row to make sure that those stamped lines really penetrate the paper. Sometimes the texture
will prevent the images from stamping completely,
so its always best to stamp ’em a couple times. And I did the same
thing with this greeting from the stamp set. You have a few different greeting options in the stamp set. I chose the one that says happy birthday, and I did end up stamping it twice because one time was enough, but I did stamp it twice eventually. So I’m going to be using
the watercolor paints that I showed you in yesterday’s video and I’ve chosen the color C33. I thought that would be a nice, deep blue and then I would have
some good opportunity for the background and also
getting some deep colors kind of in the shaded areas
of each of these images. So as I color these, I’m gonna start. Well, this first one I’m
starting with the dark and then I’m gonna work
kind of lighter to that, but then I realized that a better method was actually to start with a medium shade and let that dry and then come in with the darker shades to add shading. I’m not sure why, this
is the first time I went straight to the darkest color. I’m not sure why I did,
but I did figure out with the fox and also the
other two little characters that it was easier to
paint them if I started with kind of a lighter tone and then added the darker shades on top. That penguin kills me, it’s so cute. Anyway, so I’m adding
these lighter shades in and thinking about where
the shadow will be. I decided to have the light
coming from the right side of the scene, so the
backside of these animals will be in shadow. So I’m painting with that light in mind and I’m making sure that
I add the darkest shades on the backside of the animals. It’s interesting, as I was painting this, I thought it would be a lot more difficult than it actually was. I think I found it almost
a little bit easier because I didn’t have to
worry about changing colors and deciding which colors
to use and which colors would be best in shadow
and things like that. I found the restriction of only one color, it was a challenge because I had to think about how I was going to
use it and yet it was also a little bit easier, if that makes sense. I think it would be interesting
to take this challenge one step further and possibly paint your entire scene in black and white just using a black paint or even just a dark brown and
then once everything’s dry go back each of the sections
with very pale tints of different colors and just
add a little bit of color on top and I think that would
look really, really cool. You might have a little bit of a look like those old black and white photos that they then tented with markers or with paints. I think it would kind of look like that. That’d be a fun technique. So I might have to do that. So I think that would
be really interesting. So I finished up all of the characters and then I went onto this banner, and to just to keep it simple,
I did some darker shades at the bottom of the
banner and near the pole and then faded it out from there
and I did just a little bit of shading on that pole
so that it was finished. So I’m gonna work on the background and I’m taping it down
to my cardboard here so that I can do a lot of painting, but I realized before
I paint the background, I need to determine where
each of these images will be in the scene so that I
know how to paint the ground. So I used three of the dyes according, with the stamp set, but
I didn’t use the dye for the bear with the
banner because the dye wasn’t matching up completely. I think when I mounted the
stamp to my Misti tool, it moved the banner a little
bit, so the dye itself doesn’t match up, but I kinda
figure that that was user error on my part, so I
just used some scissors and trimmed out that
image the best I could, just cutting out around the edges and fussy cutting everything. So I positioned all of those
images on the background piece where I thought
roughly, where they would be and I determined where I
wanted the ground to be. Put a little tick mark
with a pencil on the tape on the side, and then
used a ruler to draw in that horizon line. I wet the entire piece
of watercolor paper. By the way, this is that same Arches cold press watercolor paper. I wet that down so that
I have a nice wet surface to work on, and then I
started dropping in some of this color, and I’m
bringing it in mostly at full strength because
I really want the color to wick away from those edges and have a lot of contrast. I wasn’t sure how I felt
about this sky background at first, but I really
love how it turned out. So it was one of those moments for me when I was like oh yeah,
trust the watercolor, trust the watercolor,
it will come through. As long as you’re thinking
to keep some white space free so that it looks like clouds,
I think skies are so fun to paint and they’re almost foolproof. I can’t say they’re completely foolproof because I’ve painted some really bad skies in the past, so I can’t
say that they’re completely foolproof, but just remember
to keep some white space in your sky and it will
probably turn out beautiful. So I just painted a
dark blue at the bottom. And to me right now, this
look like an ocean scene. I didn’t even think that it
would with all of the blue, but it totally looks like an ocean scene, so I’m gonna bring in
those images once more and put ’em in the
places where I want them, and then I’m gonna paint in
some slightly darker areas for shadows underneath each of these and still looks like ocean
to me, but that’s okay. The whole entire card is
blue, but it’ll make a little more sense once things are put together. So I placed all those images
back on the card front or on this background and I
placed it in my Misti tool and then I stamped some additional images from the stamp set. These were images that
were a little bit too small to cut out on their own, and
so I thought it would be best to have them on the actual background. So I’ve got three little music notes and also some juggling
balls for above the penguin. So I stamped those images
in the same black ink and then I brought in some white gouache. This is the one area of the card where I veered away from just
that one watercolor paint and that’s because I just
wasn’t thinking ahead, and if I would have been thinking ahead, I would have figured out
the spacing of these animals before painting the background,
stamped those images and then used a bit of liquid
masking fluid over these so that I could preserve
the white color underneath, but I wasn’t thinking that far ahead, and so I did end up
having to use a little bit of an opaque white paint just to get some of the brightness
back in those images. So I prepped my card base out of some Neenah Classic Crest
solar white card stock. This is the 110 pound version. I just squared that up
five-and-a-half to create a a side-holding card and
I put some foam tape on the back of my
painted background piece. And the last thing to
do is put some foam tape on the back of all of
these really cute images and place them onto the card. So I’m making sure I have
them in the right spot, right above those shadow
spots that I added earlier and I’m also being very
conscious of where that penguin is beneath the balls. I want to make sure that
they’re on the right position and that pretty much
finishes the card for today. I thought this challenge was a really interesting take on it. It was still a challenge,
but I had a lot of fun and I found it really freeing to only use one color of paint. Thanks so much for watching today’s video. I hope you guys enjoyed this challenge and if you decide to take the challenge, tag me on Facebook or
on Instagram or whatever because I really want to see your take on this particular challenge. I think it’d be really, really fun. Onscreen right now are two
other watercolor videos for you to check out. Don’t forget to give
this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it and
share it with a friend if you think they would enjoy it, too. Thanks so much for watching and I’ll catch you guys in the next video.

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