Painting a little different – watercolor painting new series

In this post, I am doing something a little different – compared to previous weeks posts. First, I want to start by providing some background information about the topic of the work/painting presented here. And, secondly, I will show you more than one painting in the post [in all of my previous posts, I presented/showed one painting per post].

Background information:

The paper, for this project I used the Arches (this is the brand of watercolor paper). See picture of the paper below:

Arches (brand’s name) Watercolor Paper

This Arches paper above – is very resistant to scratch, and hold a lot of water without bending, and that is the main reason, I am using it for this project. The Arches paper comes in different sizes, and for each category (especially, the type of texture) there is different color in the cover page.

Additional materials:
Watercolors. For this project I used the Winsord and Newton brand packed into zquezzable containers, or, tubes. I used them because they are fluid, and the pigment can be applied directly in the paper – more easily than ‘tablet’ watercolors. See below a picture of these watercolor’s brand:

Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor Paint Tubes - Cheap Joe's ...
Windsor & Newton watercolors

Paintbrush. For this type of project, there is no need to find an expensive paintbrush, on the contrary, a cheaper one is better because the back of it will be used to draw (instead of a pencil).

Procedure: wet the watercolor paper very well (with abundant water), add some layers of watercolor’s pigment with the paintbrush, and while the paper is still wet, use the back of the paintbrush to draw your composition. Sometimes, and I used this frequently, I used an old paintbrush and sharpen the edge of the back; and use for this technique.

Project one: The Garden.
Below is a video clip of the first project in which I am demonstrating the mentioned technique.

The Garden – a video clip of the summarized process

Below a full picture of the completed painting:

The garden – Watercolor on paper 2020

Second project: Winter Evening. The video clip below show in a time lapse video how the painting was completed:

Video clip of Winter Evening

And, the picture of the completed painting.

Winter Evening – Watercolor on paper

What do you think? Give your opinion.

Third project of this series: The Nap. The process for this work can be seen in the video clip below:

Video clip of the Nap – no sound added

Now, see a picture of the completed painting. As you would agree, it has simple lines, and the color gives the painting meaning, and emotions.

The nap – watercolor on paper 2020

Conclusion: as you had observed/read, the main technique is to use the back of the paintbrush to draw the lines of the composition. The paper that you use in the process has to be a resistant quality, because you are very much stratching the paper, or, making indentations in the paper. Do you want to try it? Try it!