Today was all about the use of additives to create different finishes. We used kitchen roll, cling film, white candle wax and salt.
We did a practice sheet first using kitchen roll (top) to create clouds and cling film (bottom) to create a water effect. I need a bit more practice on both of these techniques!
Next we started on a dandelion picture, using the candle wax as a resist to draw the seed heads, then using two different colour washes and finishing by sprinkling salt into the wet paint. We will finish these next week as we had to wait for the paint to dry completely before we can lift out to create the stems.
Finally, a beach scene created in three sections. The top sky section is a blue wash, then using scrunched up kitchen roll to make the clouds. The middle section is the sea using candle wax, two washes and creased cling film to create the water movement. The final section is the sand which will be two washes of yellow and brown. I have to try to complete that before next week.
The colours haven't photographed properly so the sea doesn't show up too well and there is much more contrast between the sky and the sea in the actual painting. On the whole I'm pleased with this painting so far.
Of all the things we did today, my favourite technique is the addition of salt. I love the mottled finish and think it will make good background paper for greeting cards.