Saturday, 26 October 2013

Autumn on Hot Press Watercolour Paper

Autumn is in the air and I have been doing lots of little autumnal studies on Fabriano Artistico Hot Press watercolour paper.  A smooth surface is not normally what I look for in my paper.  I like to have roughness for texture.  So I was pleasantly surprised when I found I ended up liking the smoother feel of the paper.  It took a little while to get used to after having used rough or not for so long. 

I found I needed to use a creamier pigment application than normal because the lack of friction from texture allowed the pigment to spread further when dropped into water (wet in wet).  

© Laura Moore Watercolours

My rosehip painting shows how I was able to layer and create some lovely flowy blends especially where the rosehips overlap.  You can actually see the different layers of colour I used: yellow, orange, red.  

Autumnal Shrub
© Laura Moore Watercolours

My second attempt on FA HP paper just before I painted the Rosehips. I was still getting used to the smoothness here.   

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I hope you too are enjoying the delights and colours that autumn brings. 

Thanks for looking.