In this lesson I'm asking my students to translate their drawings from the last session into a painting using a very precise 'dry channel' technique. Each area of watercolour they paint will be separated from any other area by a tiny dry channel across which the paint won't flow unless pushed across by the brush! You can see from my examples that the painting can evolve further from the original working drawing. Classes are on Easter break currently and start again in the week beginning Monday 22nd April.
Summer Term 2019: Using the ‘dry channel’ watercolour technique.
Lesson 2: Painting from last lesson’s working drawing.
No need to draw on your watercolour paper other than to draw a box of the same proportions as your working drawing and within which you’ll make your painting.
Identify the first shape you’d like to start your painting with and carefully place it correctly on your page. Choose the colour and tone you’d like. Make the edges crisp. While that shape is still wet you can drop different colours into it for a wet-into-wet effect.
Find the adjoining shapes and paint them in carefully, making sure the edges of the shapes are crisp and leave a tiny dry channel between each shape. This dry channel allows you the opportunity to use wet-into-wet freely in each shape as it won’t run across to the next shape.
Try and have different tonal values between the different shapes or at least differ the tonal values along the adjoining edges. This may mean that each of your shapes can have a variety of tones within it.
Once your page is filled with all the shapes to edges of your page, you can start to work back onto the individual shapes looking for any details or layers of paint you’d like to add.
Might there be detail which starts in shape and extends across to another shape (but still makes sure not to paint into the dry channels).
Compare your painting to the original painting from which you were working and see how your image has evolved.
Next lesson: A new project, a bunch of bright colourful flowers. I’m giving you the freedom to choose your medium, bring a lovely bunch of colourful flowers. You could use some of the watercolour techniques you’ve been working with but if you’ve had enough of watercolour for the moment use something different, perhaps mix your media.