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One Watercolor a Day by Veronica Lawlor

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106 O NE WATERCOLOR A D AY
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DAY 40
Arabian Nights, watercolor with gold paint pen
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STORI E S A ND IDEAS 107
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“When I was making pen and ink drawings and illustrations
for the story of the Arabian Nights, I also experimented with
some color drawings and illustrations. I attempted to create
the illustration under the influence of the Persian miniature
paintings that I had seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York. Thought it might be fun to do!” —Margaret
EXERCISE 40
For this cultural exercise, you’ll need watercolor and a small
amount of gouache. Margaret has illustrated a scene from
the story of the Arabian Nights, but for our exercise, we’ll
choose a garden scene, either drawn from life or from a photo
of a garden that you like.
Using a book of Persian miniature paintings as a guide (or
look them up online), redesign the garden so that it takes on
the stylization of a Persian miniature. Use a very thin brush
with your watercolor fairly dry to get the thin lines; use a
slightly larger brush and wetter pigment for the shapes. Add
details over the larger shapes once dry. Again, it helps to start
with lighter or less-saturated colors and add the darker or
more saturated colors. A gold paint marker can add some
style. Your work doesn’t have to look exactly like the Persian
art, just be influenced by it, to experiment.
Arabian Nights
VARIATION
Onceyou’vecreatedthePersian-inuencedgardenpainting,
try the same picture translated through another culture, such
as the illustration of a Caribbean folk tale that Margaret did
(above). Take a look at the paintings from your chosen
culture, and notice the way they use colors, the kinds of
colors, and the amount of details in the painting. As with the
Persian miniature exercise, the idea is not to copy what you’re
looking at, but to study the patterns of the painting and be
inuencedbythem.
Anansi Stories, watercolor with ink and gold paint pen
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108 O NE WATERCOLOR A DAY
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DAY 41
Stem Rust Designs, pencil and watercolor
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STORIES AND I DEAS 1 0 9
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“Before I do any painting on ceramic, I create thumbnail
designs with watercolor to guide me. These are sketches for a
ceramic series called Stem Rust, done in response to an
outbreak of stem rust disease that infected cereal crops
worldwide. I wanted to bring attention to food-related issues
that we tend to overlook, since we are often far removed
from the source of our sustenance.” —Dominick
EXERCISE 41
Using watercolor, create thumbnails to design a set of
dishes for yourself, a friend, or a family member.
Get a circle template, and create several circles on
one page to paint on. Think of the colors and patterns
that might work for your recipient. If you are designing
dishes for your own family, for example, you might
consider your cultural background, the predominant colors
of favorite family places, or symbols that work. Be as literal
or abstract as you want, and get experimental. Use wet color
on wet paper, wet color on dry paper, dry color on dry paper,
layered colors—even scratch into the paint with the back of
your brush to create interesting textures and marks. Have
fun with it!
TIP
• Onceyou’vecreatedyourplatedesigns,checkonlineorin
thephonebooktoseewhetherthereisaceramicstudio
opentothepublicnearyou.Manyhaveunred
ceramicwarethatyoucanpaintonyourself,andtheywill
reitforyou.Afterallthatdesigning,wouldn’titbeniceto
seeyourdishescometolife?
Stem Rust, hand-painted ceramic
Ceramic Paintings
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