MASTER DISASTER: Five Ways to Rescue Desperate Watercolours


MASTER DISASTER: Five Ways to Rescue Desperate Watercolours

SUSAN WEBB TREGAY    Book Number: 78987    Product format: Hardback

Every painter discards botched studies, but a few months later the rejected image may seem not quite so bad after all. This invaluable book encourages you to make the best of a less than perfect job using tried and tested rescue techniques. Watercolour is a transparent medium that can not be transformed by overpainting, but there are other ways to make your painting a rewarding visual experience. Poorly drawn elements can be eliminated by lifting the paint off and repainting, and the use of a stencil is effective for isolating an offending area: usually it is a relatively small section that will need correction. Knowing your paper is essential for lifting colour, and the author suggests testing the paper for correction methods before beginning to paint. The second troubleshooting technique is breaking up a composition to make it visually more interesting, and this is followed by a colour enrichment process. Watercolour has a reputation for looking weak and pale, but the vibrant studies seen in exhibitions are remote from this stereotype. Unifying the composition can be achieved even at a late stage by introducing "directional orientation" or "meandering scaffolding" - lines that pull elements of the composition together. Finally the author says, "Surprise us!", giving a few fascinating examples of paintings transformed by an unusual detail. Colour illustrations on every page. 128pp.
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