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How to Watercolour a Panorama onto your Birthday Cards

Date Added: March 24, 2012 07:35:27 PM
Author: Mark Adams
Category: Greeting Cards

Watercolour is appealing due to it’s portability - all you need is a paint-box, paint brush and a sheet of board. Frequently we find that artists will apply their watercolour methods to birthday cards and this editorial provides all the advice desired to getting started to paint in watercolour.

To commence painting in watercolour, you require three simple things;

  • Some decent beginners’ materials
  • An object to paint
  • A basic technique Equipment Needed:
  • Four main brushes
  • Paper
  • Pencil & Rubber
  • Board or Hard Surface
  • Roll of Masking tape
  • Water pot or container
  • Flat Plastic Palette/Tray
  • Reasonable size board for your Birthday cards

What to paint - Discovering a subject:

Many artists don't find it easy to be inspired by the regular everyday objects. Albeit, real artists can turn the very ordinary thing into something special by merely viewing it imaginatively. It may be a landscape, a building, an inside scene such as a kitchen, or still life such as vases or glasses. If you feel truly confident you may wish to attempt a portrait (of the person you’re sending the birthday card to), botanical painting or maybe even an abstract. Your painting doesn’t have to be exact or perfect, remember art is in the sense of the artist not necessarily the critic.

Painting a Watercolour Landscape:

Landscapes are possibly the best for newbies and the following fundamental technique can be applied. 4 general rules are valid while painting a landscape. Your View - As an artist you are looking to produce a visual portrayal of your preferred setting, it is not a clone but an illusion of what you are painting. Bear in mind, it is how you see it and paint it that makes it a unique work of art for your birthday cards and even canvas. Aerial Perspective - Take time to look at the scene you aspire to paint and 4 different aspects should be evident.

  • Firstly the objects far away will seem smaller.
  • Second, the far-away objects will be less detailed.
  • Thirdly, colours become less vibrant if they are further away.
  • Fourthly, as objects recede their tones become paler and less contrasted.

Composition - Use your pencil to draw an outline of the landscape. Make sure you set out a horizon, middle and foreground within your landscape. Normally, this follows as the horizon being the backdrop of the painting with the horizon line being about a third from the bottom of the page. Nearly all novices begin drawing the horizon half way up the page - however our eye line only sees 30-40% of the “surface matter” in any given scene and the remainder is sky.

After you have drawn the necessary outline of your landscaping, your picture is now ready to have the colour applied. When you have the initial palette, the following thing is to decide on a suitable board.

Basic Technique:

Squeeze a pea-sized amount from your water-colour tubes or dab a damp paint brush into your watercolour pan - usually begin with three primary colours - a red, blue and yellow. Put some blue on the sky using a rounded brush, while dabbing the colour with a wet handkerchief to create cloud shapes by opening out the paint. After that, work onto the distant horizon line using subdued colours (i.e. thinned blue, greys and yellow mixed with water) then onto the onto the middle ground section using more blue and green prior to moving onto the foreground using yellowy-greens and more powerful, more vivid colours - not diluted with a lot of water.

Note: If you're painting a medium sized birthday card, you may want to lessen the range of the outline before starting to paint. After you have developed those colours you may then build up a sequence of layers to fit your needs. If you are extremely adventurous, you might want to try the wet-into-wet procedure. This is where the colors blend whilst they are still wet. It produces lovely, subtle tones for your birthday cards and is exceptional for moody, atmospheric paintings so as to lighten up the designs for the individuals receiving the birthday.

An added method, is creating a watercolour wash, which offers a lot of special effects for instance, graduation, granulation and variegated. Avoiding being overly technological, a wash is in truth where a colour changes as a consequence of the water content being merged with the raw colour. To produce such an effect, begin at the top of a dried out sheet of board. Paint a band of darkened colour (ultramarine blue), then add additional water to the brushes and make a subsequent band below the initial one. Continue doing this until you realise a graded wash i.e. the colour shifts from dark to pale and at times, see through. While painting birthday cards, you need not to worry over including the greeting 'birthday wishes', because the greeting can be positioned on the inner side the card with the front showing off your artistic abilities.

 
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