by Katrina Pete
12×16 inch watercolor on Arches 300lb cold pressed paper
My technique for my floral paintings involves a ‘wet-into-wet’ wash of color over damp paper. This is how I achieved the soft background effects. Heavier paper like 300lb Arches works very well with this method. It doesn’t buckle or warp under the wet paint, and remains much flatter than my 140lb paper. I still used tape along the edges and it stayed flat even after the paper dried. I painted a few branches into the wet wash, allowing them to fade a bit into the background. After the first wash dried, I added more layers of detail in the flowers and branches.
Watercolor Cherry Blossoms
by Katrina Pete
Langton Prestige Cold press watercolor paper
I painted these blossoms as a gift for a dear friend on her wedding day. I’ll post a step by step tutorial soon of my process. The main colors I used were Holbein Quinacridone Violet and Holbein Opera Pink. I also used Burnt Umber, and hints of green using a mixture of indigo and aureolin yellow.The first wash was made with a wet-in wet technique. Once the paper dried, I started painting the flowers and forming shapes using a ‘negative space’ technique. I’ll explain more in my tutorial coming up soon!
Last day on the Isle of Skye. Our tour guide pulled over as the clouds parted. All 9 of us stumbled out of the ‘Wee Red Bus’ to snap a few farewell photos. Two couples were from Hong Kong, one from India, another from Singapore, and one gal from Malaysia. The couple from India were celebrating their honeymoon. The gal from Malaysia was proud of her selfie stick. The couple from Hong Kong brought along a stuffed pink pig and a purple cow. They propped their animals on old wooden fence posts, amidst the grassy hills of an ancient battlefield, along the banks of Loch Ness, and at the base of the Black Cullen mountains. The pig and the cow smiled for the camera every time. Their plastic painted eyes maintained jovial expressions through wind, rain, and a tumble down a rocky hillside.
You need to be tough to make it through a Scottish winter, but it also helps to be ‘stuffed’.