Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-settings.php on line 472

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-settings.php on line 487

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-settings.php on line 494

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-settings.php on line 530

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/classes.php on line 594

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/classes.php on line 594

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/classes.php on line 594

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/classes.php on line 594

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_PageDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/classes.php on line 611

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/classes.php on line 705

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/classes.php on line 705

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/classes.php on line 705

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/classes.php on line 705

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_CategoryDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/classes.php on line 728

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 306

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/cache.php on line 103

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/cache.php on line 425

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/query.php on line 21

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/theme.php on line 623

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Dependencies in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/class.wp-dependencies.php on line 15
Painting with Carol » watercolour
Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 947

Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /home/mnementh23/carolswan.net/wp-includes/kses.php on line 948

Painting with Carol

Techniques, tips and tricks for watercolours and acrylics

Watercolour paints

March 11th, 2008 | Category: Art supplies and equipment, Watercolours, colour

There is an incredible range of watercolours out there, which can be quite daunting to a beginner. When I first started I wasn’t sure what colours I should buy first or what brand of paint to buy. It is very easy and very expensive to buy 25-35 colours but I personally think it is simpler to work with a limited palette of about 12-15 colours.

You must be able to mix your own colours to become a good painter. You will find it fun - this way you will also discover hundreds of hues. I think one of the most important things to remember is:

only buy artist quality paint.

I am going to give you some of the colours that I mostly use in my paintings and that you will also need if we are going to paint together. You will find that once you get started you will want to learn more and more about colour; I still go to other artists’ workshops to learn new techniques. You will find every artist has different colours that they love and use. I encourage everyone to do the same.

The colours I use most are: 

  • BLUES: French Ultramarine, Cerulean Blue
  • GREENS: Sap Green Permanent, Olive Green Permanent, Australian Leaf Green Dark
  • YELLOWS: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Aureolin, Yellow Ochre
  • REDS: Pilbara Red, Spectrum Crimson, Rose Madder, Cadmium Red
  • EARTH TONES: Warm Sepia, Burnt Sienna, Payne’s Grey.

As far as the BRAND of paint to buy: I use Art Spectrum. Of course, there are many other wonderful brands of paint but as I live in Australia I like to think I am doing my bit towards our economy, be it ever so small. I also like the the vibrancy of the Art Spectrum colours which suits my style of painting.

I think we are almost ready to start a painting together.

No comments

Gum blossoms pattern packet

February 26th, 2008 | Category: Carol's paintings, Pattern packets, Watercolours

watercolours-for-beginners-gum-blossoms.jpg

I’m working on uploading a pattern packet of this design so that you can try it out for yourself. Stay tuned.

1 comment

Stretching paper and backing board

February 21st, 2008 | Category: Art supplies and equipment, Painting techniques

I always use a backing board when I am painting. A backing board is a board to which you will tape the watercolour paper so it will need to be larger all the way round than the paper.

The size of the board will depend on the size of your painting - it can be made from hardboard, masonite, plywood or any such wood. When I paint I tend to use quite a lot of water, for my washes, which is a technique called wet-into-wet. Watercolour paper tends to buckle, especially if you use a light weight paper and this is why I recommend using 300 gsm (the grammage or weight of the paper is now universally measured in grams per square metre).

If you are using a light weight paper, however, you will need stretch the paper. The best way to do this is to soak the paper overnight in a bath of water, hold the paper upright to let most of the water run off, then tape or even staple to the board. The paper will shrink; but when dries it will pull tight, which will make it durable and workable.

11 comments

Brushes

February 16th, 2008 | Category: Art supplies and equipment, Painting techniques

Whether you subscribe to the thinking “you are only as good as your tools” or “a good workman never blames his tools” one thing is certain: a good quality brush will make your life sooo much easier.

Unfortunately, good brushes cost a lot. I mostly use Raphael, a large round sable brush that can cost hundreds of dollars. When I teach at workshops, as I have done for many years, I am asked for a list of requirements for the students to buy, and I often don’t include it in the list as I know, for first time painters, the cost of brushes would be just too expensive. But cheap brushes just won’t hold the paint and you will also find it is difficult for a cheap brush to also hold its ‘point’. So why not ask a loved one for a brush for a birthday present?

The brushes I most often use are:

  • Raphael round brushes - No.7, No.4, No.3
  • I also use a squirrel mix oval wash brush for my washes

…all of which I buy from Art Basics.

If you are on a budget as most of us are, you could try Rekab - a specially designed blend of pure sable hair and synthetic. The blend ensures a strong tip which is ideal for detail work. There are also many other cheaper watercolour brushes around, choices include brushes that are made from other animal hair or synthetic. Most art suppliers will recommend watercolour brushes for you to use.

No comments

Water Containers

February 14th, 2008 | Category: Art supplies and equipment, Watercolours

When painting with watercolours it is so important to use clean water at all times. I think the reason is obvious, as any colour at all in the water will stain the paper or even change the intended colour.

I mostly use a double sided container that I bought in the days when I was painting Folk Art. I use one side for washing out my brush and the other side for painting. But you don’t even need a special container. Two containers will do - one for washing your brushes, the other to dip clean brushes into as you paint.

No comments

Watercolour palette - stop the mudslide

February 14th, 2008 | Category: Art supplies and equipment

It is important to choose the right sort of palette - the paints should be separated from each other this will then stop the contamination of the colours mixing together in that grey-brown goop that’s often (quite rightly) called “mud”.

Nobody wants a muddy mess so a well-designed palette is a must - one with a series of wells and a flat area for mixing the paint. There are many available these days and you don’t have to spend a fortune - they can often be bought in two dollar shops! I suggest that you have more than one palette, though, as watercolours can be used over and over by just adding water. It seems a shame to me, to wash expensive paint away.

palette.jpg

No comments