I did Roberta Laliberte's class on Soul Food over the weekend and enjoyed it a lot because it is all about working with very watery acrylic colour washes and she chose the perfect theme for her technique: some lovely koi in a pond.
No, no, this isn't the whole painting but a detail of my finished piece.... I loved the look of the background and the transformation of the painting in progress so much that I wanted to show some of it to you too:
It was done on some heavy watercolor paper...using a load of water actually...which made it take hours to dry completey (which was quite hard for an impatient person as I am ;)
The next step was doing a glue resist technique....which makes you come up with edges like the ones you see on the water lilly leaf above.
Only after the glue had dried I could move further to giving colour to my koi I had first drawn on a piece of white paper and then transferred to the prepared background.
On this image the painting is still wet and the colours became a lot brighter after all had dried. I also added some more layers of colour with the koi for a more vibrant look.
Roberta is one of the best teachers in art I have ever met and it was a great pleasure listening to her and watching her do her magic in the videos! I really enjoyed that as much as I enjoyed doing my own painting. Thank you very much, Roberta! You really gave me a wonderful time at my crafting desk...taking a deep plunge into working with colours ;)