(RAY)
Job No: 05-30609 Title: RP-Water Paper Paint Kit
#175 DTP: 216 Page: 28
01-32_30609.indd 28 5/17/13 2:20 PM
28
(Text)
c APt U red iMAges
WOrkING frOM
a PHOTOGraPH
6
The eye of the camera sees in a nonobjective way, capturing light and the
subject dierently than the way we perceive our surroundings. Try painting
as the lens sees.
PROJECT
M AteriA ls
photograph
H pencil
low-tack painter’s tape
tracing paper
ruler or square
round brushes
watercolor paints
piece of cold-press paper or card
jars for water
paper towel or fabric blotter
palette
(RAY)
Job No: 05-30609 Title: RP-Water Paper Paint Kit
#175 DTP: 216 Page: 28
01-32_30609.indd 28 5/17/13 2:24 PM
(RAY)
Job No: 05-30609 Title: RP-Water Paper Paint Kit
#175 DTP: 216 Page: 28
Job No: 05-30609 Title: RP-Water Paper Paint Kit
#175 DTP: 216 Page: 29
01-32_30609.indd 29 5/17/13 2:20 PM
29
(Text)
Process
1. Choose a card or cut or tear the watercolor
paper to size. The format of your photograph
determines the paper dimensions and image
area. Use low-tack painter’s tape to tape the
outside edges around the image area. This
makes a clean edge on the finished painting.
2. To assist with image placement, draw a grid
on tracing paper using a square or ruler and
place it over the photo graph. Then lightly
draw a corresponding grid on the watercolor
paper using an H pencil (
fig. a). Making and
using a grid is optional.
a c
b d
3. Sketch the composition lightly in pencil. Draw
the main shapes and divisions of light and dark.
4. Use a large brush and broad strokes to paint
the main section of the piece (
fig. b). Follow
the direction of your drawn shapes. As you
paint, focus on seeing value, light, and
shape rather than objects or subject matter.
Furthermore, trees may not look like trees in
the photo but perhaps like a diminishing band
of shapes that are a middle value and green
(
fig. c). If you can try to think about ele-
ments rather than the actual things, the final
piece may depict the illusion you imagined
(
fig. d).
(RAY)
Job No: 05-30609 Title: RP-Water Paper Paint Kit
#175 DTP: 216 Page: 28
Job No: 05-30609 Title: RP-Water Paper Paint Kit
#175 DTP: 216 Page: 29
01-32_30609.indd 29 5/17/13 2:24 PM

Get Water Paper Paint: A Creative Card-Painting Kit now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.