Friday, February 10, 2012

Progress and a Feather

I decided to reward myself for the progress I've made in cleaning my studio. I allowed myself a little painting time. I did another study of the little sparrow feather.  This time I used Saunders Waterford watercolour paper and embossed a rectangular area for my painting using Arounna's cool trick (her February 8th post). I used a mat opening as my shape.  I think I'll be doing this again.

5½ x 7½ inches - Saunders Waterford 140 lb. paper

12 comments:

  1. I love how it turned out - it looks like an etching
    xx

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    1. Thanks Arounna. Your embossing trick is such a simple and great technique! Thanks for sharing it. xx

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  2. ooh ooh ooh that looks fab. I've always been a fan of embossing techniques, It does look like an etching, that is very clever, I shall have to check that out now. Thanks Kathleen. More feathers I reckon, good job! A little landscape would look good in an etched sort of fashion, ie; greys, blacks etc, your own mini etched effects. Lovely.

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    1. Thanks very much Julie! :) I just used two colours--sepia and neutral tint plus very fine brushes which is I guess is giving it the etched look.

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  3. that is so beautiful
    and thank you for the email today:)

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  4. I just found your blog for the first time, it's so lovely. You're incredibly talented =)

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    1. Thanks Nikki. That is so very nice of you to say that!

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  5. ohhh that looks so interesting!! i,ll have to see that trick. Love your feather painting!

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    1. Thanks Karin! The embossing trick is so simple. I wish I'd known about it years ago!

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  6. This is so beautiful Kathleen! The embossed area gives a real "white on white" framed look without the matt board. A lot of watercolour artists here are mounting their deckle edged papers in a "hover" style now. No Matt, just painting "suspended" from the backing board behind glass. Looks very effective and uber chic.

    Was the tooth on the paper still as nice to paint on once flattened out a bit? With pastel paper you get a bit scared of flattening the tooth as the pastel then drops off like a stunned parrot off a perch.

    Looking forward to seeing more.

    PS I used to raise orphan sparrow chicks that fell from the Church steeple next to our house when I was little.

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    1. Gosh, I love reading your comments Cindy! '...the pastel then drops off like a stunned parrot off a perch' :)

      The part of the paper that I painted on wasn't affected by what I did as I just applied pressure around the edges to get the embossed effect. I love the idea of floating deckle edged work in a frame.

      I also love knowing that you nursed baby sparrows when you were little. You would understand then that I go into my backyard sometimes announcing to the backyard birds--'there will be no murders here'. Some of them understand. :)

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