Monday, October 23, 2017

Watercolor texture techniques

lisa fulmer swarming watercolor

I just took a class with my friend Manon - she paints gorgeous abstract watercolors with loads of interesting textures. She showed us all the different ways she adds interest to her paintings - things that react with the water or the pigments to create something a little unpredictable. We played with salt, saran wrap, cheesecloth, inks, resists - so much fun!

These are the two works I started in class and finished at home. The one above is called Swarming (12x12") and the one below is called Misty Mountains (9x14").


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Playing with Aqua Pens

pear watercolor lisa fulmer

I work with Marabu Creative and they have these cool dual-tip markers - Graphix Aqua Pens. I had fun drawing and coloring this abstract pear.

I got these nice watercolor effects by pulling the color from the marker lines with a wet brush, and also by wetting small areas of the paper first. I also blended pale colors from the marker ink by mixing it with water on a glass palette. The watercolor paper I used is very thick and textural.

Pears are usually my go-to subject for playing with new mediums, I just love the organic shape!