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Paper Traders is a friendly online community of artists from around the world. We nurture and value creativity, embrace new ideas, products, and techniques yet also value tried and true methods of artistic expression. Our projects consist primarily of paper arts, mixed media collage, artist trading cards, altered art, assemblages, collaborative journals, mail art, and more.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Intuitive Watercolor Technique

A few years ago, I experimented with Bernie Berlin's intuitive watercolor technique as outlined in her book Artist Trading Card Workshop.  Recently a few people asked me about this so I thought it might be fun to try it again.  This is an easy process that also allows you to be really free creatively.  Let's get started...

Step 1: On watercolor paper, start with some all over watercolor in various colors.  Don't think, just spread it around everywhere.
Step 1 - all over watercolor
Step 2: Splash some great big wet drips of watercolor paint onto your paper and use your heat gun to push the water around as it dries.  Again, no thinking!!  Just do it!
Step 2 - add large drops and push around with heat gun
Use several colors until your paper is well covered.
continue adding color until your paper is covered
Step 3: Cut your paper into ATC-sized pieces.  (Assuming you want to make ATCs.  I suppose you could start with an ATC size piece, too.)
Step 3 - cut into ATCs
Step 4: Try to visualize images in your paint blotches.  Turn your card in all directions.  I took my glasses off and held the cards away from me so they were blurry to try to see what stood out.  This is the really fun part... just clear your mind and see what you can find.
Step 4 - look for images in your color blotches
Step 5: Once you've found your image, use permanent drawing pens to outline the images.  I used my Micron pens in varying sizes for this step.
Step 5: use permanent drawing pens to accent your found images
Step 6: Show off your results!  Please do share with us your creations.
            We'd love to see them! Just add a link to your specific post in
             your blog in the linky tool below.

Step 6 - show off your result!
Have fun,
Beckie  =)

1 comment:

Jo Murray said...

That really looks like fun...with an object in mind. Thanks for the demo.