In my work as an Artist Educator for Marabu, I have been integrating some of their mixed media products into my creative practice. In the last few years I have been experimenting with using watercolor on various grounds and substrates that liberate the medium from the need to be framed under glass, and Marabu's Acryl Mousse is a great option as a ground for watercolor. In this tutorial, I am using Marabu Acryl Mousse as a ground, much as you would use gesso. The Mousse is an acrylic-based product but works well with watercolor or any water media.Read More
I have always enjoyed seeing step-by-step images of how things are created, I think most people do. I thought it would be fun to share my process on a watercolor I have been working on, a seascape of a rocky cove in Maine. I actually learned a couple things about my painting process as I went along. So here are the pictures.... please forgive the poor lighting/image quality - I shot on the fly with my ancient iPhone!
After making a loose sketch, I added areas of masking fluid where I knew I wanted sea spray and a driftwood branch. I started painting in the areas around the masking fluid first, so I could get it off the paper as soon as possible.
I started adding some water, leaving areas of foam and bubbles white. I started defining areas of rock and did some under painting to bring the same tones throughout the rock areas.
Filling in the pebbles and the water....
Just about done... I put in some shadows and added more detail to the rocks and water. At this point I will put the painting away for a week or so, and take a look at it with fresh eyes to see what fine tuning it still needs.
It was really fun to paint, and I learned a lot in the process. It took about 20 hours (probably half that time was painting the beach pebbles).