Monday, April 21, 2014

watercolor blooms

My latest online class Sketch Into Spring is well underway and while I can't give away everything away from the class I thought it would be fun to share a little peek into one of my favorite lessons on watercolor blooms-

Watercolor blooms result when pigment spreads on a wet surface, creating a bleed effect or "bloom". While many traditional and technical watercolor painters don't like the "bloom" effect, I LOVE it! In fact I use this technique most often when I am creating loose, abstract and messy watercolor backgrounds that I sketch over the top of. The technique is super easy and really fun for artists of all ages.
Start by wetting down the surface of your paper with water. 

Next, dip your brush into pigment.

Drop the pigment onto the wet surface and watch that color BLOOM!

Add different colors and have fun letting everything run and bleed into each other.

Take it a step further and use rubbing alcohol to make those blooms change. Simply dip your brush (or any tool) in the alcohol and drop it into the wet pigment. Alcohol repels water and will push the pigment away creating circular shapes.
The result is very loose and expressive way to apply color to your surface!


Sketch Into Spring is a "mini class" online class, it is structured in 30 small but inspiring posts. The concept is that that you have one simple idea, prompt, inspiration or technique to work throughout each day for 30 days. All of my online classes have unlimited access which means you can register at any time!

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