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One Watercolor a Day by Veronica Lawlor

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James Making a Snowman, wax resist with watercolor
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DAY 38
Nature’s Monoprint
“I have always wanted to try painting one side of a leaf or
flower with watercolor paint, and then pressing it on to the
paper to see what the resulting image will look like. So I tried
it, and it was fun! You don’t know what part will be visible
until you press down on the leaf. So every attempt is a bit of
serendipity! Once these two fern leaves were pressed on the
paper, I decided to draw one in pencil to link them together.”
—Margaret
Ferns, watercolor monoprint and pencil
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EXERCISE 38
Find a flower or leaf with an interesting shape and texture. Paint the leaf with
one color or several together. Turn face down onto a piece of absorbent
watercolor paper. Rice paper works well for this, too. See what kinds of
designs you can create, and don’t hesitate to add a little bit of pencil line
drawing in there as well, to add variation of texture. Have fun!
VARIATION
Adding additional color with colored pencils
and more watercolor washes is fun, too!
Take an experimental approach, and see
what comes of it.
Leaf Abstraction, watercolor
monoprint, watercolor, colored pencils
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DAY 39
Silk Painting
“I was inspired by traditional Chinese landscape
paintings and the peonies in bloom to paint a
landscape on silk.” —Veronica
Landscape of Flowers,
watercolor on silk
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TIPS
• Start with a small scarf, and paint one
owerorothersimpleelement,asI’ve
done above, to get a feel for how the silk
accepts the paint.
• You will have to plan your larger design,
because there isn’t opportunity to do
much layering of paint on silk. A small
thumbnail will help you decide your color
scheme in advance.
EXERCISE 39
To do this exercise, you’ll first need a piece of silk. There are
places online or physical art stores where you can purchase a
30-inch (76 cm) square scarf of China silk, which is inexpen-
sive and perfect for this. Tape it on four sides to a piece of
absorbent watercolor paper, and begin your painting. You
could try a Chinese-inspired landscape, as I did, but the
painting could be of anything you wish to try on silk. Notice
how the paint spreads into the fabric. Make sure you put
enough watercolor paint down to make up for any that will
seep through to the paper below.
If you like the feel of it, try painting with some fixable silk
dyes so the scarf can be washed and worn (follow the
manufacturers instructions).
Peony, watercolor on silk
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