Abstract Design from Traced Objects, Part One of Three – Experimental Watercolor Techniques
By the end of the week you may have one or more amazing abstract paintings! This is the method I will be teaching in the upcoming Watercolor Techniques Workshop at Village Art Supply in Santa Rosa at the end of January.
Part One: Tracing Objects onto the paper.
Gather an assortment of objects, both linear and curved. Use quality watercolor paper (or Rives BFK paper) that can withstand scrubbing and many layers of glazes.
With absolutely no concern about placement on the paper, trace the objects using a pencil. Overlap them, run them off the edges of the paper …. just keep going until you feel you have too many lines. You probably don’t have enough.
Draw five or six variations. You will want to work on several of them simultaneously in the next step. I don’t have a photo of the pencil drawing used for the finished painting shown above. You will be able to see me tracing the objects for that painting as soon as the video painting demo is completed, probably sometime in February.