Saturday, September 11, 2010
I've been working through some watercolor issues......and I have questions for all of you.
Do you prefer tube or cake watercolor? I prefer cake but only because the tubes are hard to open sometimes and the ends can get dried out and then it's a pain to pick your paint out with a toothpick. However, the problem I have with the little cakes is once I unwrap them I don't have a clue as to what color they are! I had written the names above each tub in (what I thought was permanent) ink, but you can see it didn't last. Plus when I travel with this on a 4-wheeler or snowmachine it gets all bumped around and the colors leap out of their holders and try to trick me by jumping into another hole.
What brand do you prefer? I've been using Van Gogh, but the class I'm going to start on Monday required that I buy tubes of M. Graham & Co. at $6.47 to $14.49 a tube. I just spent $60 on my supplies for the class and only have 5 tubes of paint. (I also got a new palette and brush but that's all.)
Do you know which ones are staining and which are not? I feel like even though I've been painting, it's a lot of guesswork. I just mix what looks right but I've found that staining paints have messed me up a few times. But for the life of me I can't remember which ones are which.
How do you set up your palette? Light to dark? Staining vs. non-staining? Most used to least used? Like a color wheel?
Do you use a limited palette? What colors are your favorites that you use all the time? So far it seems like I use a lot of cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, and burnt sienna, and then some reds (don't know which ones) and yellows (again, don't know what they are called). I do NOT like veridian green as it stained several of my brushes but do like other greens.
What's your favorite paper and why? I use Arches 140# cold press in a block - they are expensive but I love it. I don't have to tape my paper down or stretch and dry it before starting.
I got tired of not knowing which colors to mix with what to make my desired colors so I'm finally making this color chart which was recommended to me about 10 years ago. I am the master procrastinator.
Last question: Does your art room smell like a dog? Mine does. This is why.
Posted by PAK ART at 5:26 PM