Thursday, September 14, 2017

Share A Cuppa?

Hiya. A few weeks ago I made a bunch of sheets of toned paper using my Schmincke Payne's Grey Bluish mixed with Schmincke Neutral tint. It worked  quite well and I've been using it to practice on toned paper. I'll be doing a huge review on several companies' toned paper products and wanted to learn some best practices on toned paper. 

It's a process to "learn" to see the mid-tones instead of keeping the whites. I'm so used to seeing the whites that I find myself forgetting that I'm trying to keep the grey tone as the low shadow. I thought it would be easy-peasy to do. It's taking me a little time to tweak my "seeing". That makes art even more fun, learning a new technique.
Title: "Wanna Cuppa?"
In fact, now that I've done a few paintings, I'm pretty darn sure that I love toned paper.. for drawing. I already KNOW how to paint and I finally like my technique. When drawing I find it easier to "tweak" my style. The painting has become so ingrained that it's harder to get myself to do it another way. The best thing about that is that I so miss drawing. I find that with watercolor paper I feel positively compelled to add water, lol. Hey, it's the name of the blog for gosh sake! But with all the toned paper I received for testing all of it is best used as drawing, inking, pastel etc paper. Not so much painting paper. I think you can use some acrylic as they don't have much water, I'll tell you in a few weeks, lol.

This was painted using cobalt teal, Phthalo Blue RS, Payne's Grey Bluish, Ultramarine Finest, Transparent Sienna & Winsor & Newton Zinc White Gouache. *The texture of the background was achieved by adding salt after the second coat of the blue watercolor mixture.


Reading: Meghan Ciana Doidge's book, "Unleashing Echoes (Reconstructionist Book 3)"
Learning: How to do lettering using Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
Eating: A new recipe of deconstructed cabbage rolls. Go to Simply Stacie to get it! 
Feeling: Overwhelmed by all the things I want to learn... NOW. I need to be three people!

I'm entering this into Paint Party Friday. Come on over and join Eva & Kristin, our hosts, and see some great art.

Best,

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25 comments:

  1. Love your cuppa! Thanks again for the lovely bookmark, I will post about it net week on PPF if that's okay with you! Have fun with your painting, happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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    1. I'd be flattered if you put a blog post mention up. I'm so glad it arrived and you love it.

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  2. wonderful this painting your cuppa!
    Happy PPF and weekend,
    Elke

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    1. thanks so much for the comment, happy PPF to you too!

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  3. Gorgeous looking cup, saucer and spoon! Fine details and depth. Happy PPF!

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    1. Thanks Linda, it was a hard one to get right but finally it turned out.

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  4. Tea cups are so fun to paint and your tones and shadows look amazing! Love the blue shades too. What a great pairing with the brown tea :)

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    1. Thanks so much Sal, I appreciate the compliments. It was fun to do a nearly monochromatic piece, I nearly never use so much blue!

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  5. I love your colours, and the technical aspects are both well executed and explained. Thanks so much for sharing your art and your experiences.

    And I agree, toned paper is a wondrous thing...once you readjust your eye muscles 😀

    Happy PPF!

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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    1. thanks Liz, you're so right about your eye "muscles". It's taking longer than I thought but it's such FUN to learn new things.

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  6. I love the richness of the color! I'm going to have to try doing something like this. Good luck with the Paint Party.

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    1. thanks sandra. The salt is addictive. Now I want to try different sizes!

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  7. I think I've only tried toned paper once! You do such a lovely job! Happy PPF!

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    1. Thanks. I'm really pleased that I'm so thrilled with the new media, it's allowing me to use pen, pencil crayons and white paint, acrylics much more!

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  8. "I need to be three people" ... hahaha. That's me! Your painting looks beautiful. well done!

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    1. thanks so much, glad to see you around these parts!

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  9. This is such a stunning painting it makes my mouth water for a coffee!! So real! Truly I think you need to make some instructional video classes!! Your pieces are so perfect and beautiful!! Wish I never clicked on the Lazy mans cabbage rolls though...now I want those too! Haven't made cabbage rolls in many years since I am the only one that loves them!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Peace Giggles

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