Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tinted Papers

Watercolorists often talk about “happy accidents”—those events that occur by chance but result in a pleasing circumstance. For me, happy accidents usually occur when I’m opening myself up to new possibilities, experimenting with new colors, methods or techniques. During one such “play time”, I was making a value study on a piece of colored paper. My watercolor palette was nearby, prompting me to wonder how a wash of color over the drawing might look. Next I added a few lights with white gouache (an opaque paint). And to my delight, I discovered that I love the result! Applying gouache to sketches or tinted paper is nothing new---but it opened up new possibilities for me.

Stayed tuned…next time I will share information about different types of tinted papers.

Happy Painting!


  1. I'm enjoying your blog very much...so much good information and inspiration!

  2. It's fun to pass along tips, tools and techniques! It's good to get positive feed back.