Saturday, March 03, 2007

Blue Hydrangea Watercolor Doodle

The above is my first in a series of what I'm calling...Watercolor Doodles. I've painted the blue Hydrangea on Yupo paper, which is a fabulous, fun, crazy surface to paint on, sometimes it has a mind of its own too. Funny that Yupo paper is called paper because there is no paper in it......this is a totally man made synthetic surface. When you paint on Yupo paper, all the rules you've learned go right out the window and anything goes. It is a very freeing way to paint.

First I created the background on this 9 x 12 sheet but using watercolor with a wet on wet technique. After that dried, I created the design by taking a damp paintbrush and removing paint in certain areas to reveal the white background, thus creating the design itself. I then took some blue, purple & green and outlined areas that I wanted to stand out and be prominent. By doing this, if you'll notice, it brought the colored areas forward and the white areas faded back, giving the piece real dimention.

I had so much fun with this, I've decided to do a whole line of Doodles, in all sizes and shapes, with all kinds of designs. I've created a special area in my ETSY shop just for the Dooodles. http://www.artfulcreations.etsy.com/

10 comments:

norththreads said...

Lovely job! Those botanical photos are fab! Thanks for visiting me!
~cheers~
Ang

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Angie..

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Oh that is so lovely! I love hydrangea, though I've never attempted painting one before. I've never heard of that paper; sounds like an adventure painting on it! =)

Ruth Welter said...

Louise, you should give it a try, it is a blast to paint on.

C'est Chouette said...

WoW!! That is absoultely gorgeous.

Ruth Welter said...

thanks Sharon

Anna said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment :o)
I swung by your etsy shop - those faux windows are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!
Lovely to 'meet' you!

Ruth Welter said...

Thanks Anna, nice to meet you as well.

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

So pretty! I love hydrangea.

Ruth Welter said...

They are some of my favorite flowers in my own garden Jenny...thanks.