Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wet watercolor flowers with Raoul Dufy

watercolor techniques
Still life

Artist: Raoul Dufy
(3 June 1877 – 23 March 1953) 
He was a French Fauvist painter. 
He developed a colorful, decorative style that became fashionable for designs of ceramics and textiles, as well as decorative schemes for public buildings. 
He is noted for scenes of open-air social events. 
He was also a draftsman, printmaker, book illustrator, a theatrical set-dresser, a designer of furniture, and a planner of public spaces
He worked with Matisse and was influenced by Cezanne
Examples of his work below

project is painting water colors in the wet on wet method to create loose images of flowers

step 1: take a clean brush and dip in the water and wet the entire surface of the paper
step 2: take different colors of the water color and dab small amounts of the color to allow the paint to bleed on the surface.  Proceed with this step till you get the desired effect.
step 3: allow to dry or take a hair dryer and dry the entire surface – the surface can be a bit damp, but not  wet
step 4: take the bamboo skewer and draw lines in black ink or watercolor on the surface creating the outlines of the flowers
Step 5: (optional) add a background color
8 x 10 in. water color paper
water color paint
brushes and cup for water
one skewer or toothpick
black India ink or watercolor
hair dryer (optional)

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