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Watercolor Flower Bouquet taught by Mary Murphy

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Category Painting
Type Painting
Subject Floral
Material Watercolor
Style Impressionist
lmfr on craftsy.com

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Mary: Here is my first attempt at the flower bouquet. I am not very happy with it. Had difficulty correcting the hard edges. I also wish I had left more white on the paper. I noticed that in your painting some of the background blends with the flowers. How did you do that? Did you paint flowers and background at the same time? What are other ways of avoiding hard edges? Thanks. LMF

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Hello -- this is a great start -- there's lots of good things going on here. Couple of points on the hard edges: I deliberately brought some of my background into the flowers to lose the edges. I don't want to lose all of them, but when you have a few lost edges, your subject merges with your background -- this integrates subject and background. Look at really famous paintings and study how artists lose the edges and when they decide to do so. Another tip -- when you're painting, you can touch the tip of your brush to the very edge of the watercolor you just laid down, and it will help soften the edge. You can also go back in once the paint has dried and go over it with a wet brush -- very gently-- to blend the edges. And/or gently pat it with a tissue. Question -- what weight paper did you use? I find it easier to control water and edges on 300 lb. Try some of these things and let me know how you make out.

12/08/2013 Flag

I used 140 lb. I've used 300 lb before and yes it takes lots of water much better.

12/10/2013 Flag