watercolour: making marks

I really enjoyed completing project no. 5 from Water, Paper, Paint by Heather Smith Jones this week.

:: project 5

A great little exercise using colour and different size brushes. I have a real soft spot for spots too... love them! I decided to use cool colours and instead of black for the small marks I mixed up a dark grey, so it wasn't so dark! I'm quite pleased with how it turned out :)

:: painting spots and adding more hue to
the paint to make it a stronger colour

:: used size 2 brush for the small marks

:: overlapping small marks on some of the spots

I learnt a lot from this little project, here are a few:
  • I need to be a bit looser with my painting and not so perfect - my spots turned out a little too neat!
  • I feel I should have used a more warmer colour palette and the colours just don't look strong enough; and it's looking a little cool!
  • I really love the effect of the "all over" small marks, it took quite a while and a bit of patience; and I nearly ran out of the grey watercolour I had mixed up!
    note to self: mix more watercolour than needed!


  1. I love it! I'm enjoying seeing your progress through the book, too.

  2. I really love this! My friend is an art teacher and she's told me before how this is the first project she gets students to do - making marks. What a gorgeous result :) Kx

  3. Gorgeous - love the spots and the idea.

  4. It's lovely Lumina - would look great as a fabric print too ;-)

  5. Gorgeous Lamina! Just wondering - what are you doing with all your artwork?
    Ronnie xo

  6. you've done a great job with it :) lovely bright colours!

  7. I think it looks fabulous! Great job. :)

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad I stopped by yours.

    I am about to get started in some watercolour paintings, and your experimentation looks fabulous.

    Will have to try to track down that book xoxo

  9. Beautiful colours and looks lovely!

  10. Aww! these are great! I really need to get this book. don't know whether I should try to do realistic watercolor painting first or try out abstracts like these... Really got to get some good sketch paper for watercolor exercises like these. Do you know a good one?

  11. Thank you everyone :) Love watercolour and this book!

    Halina - I have been using Canson - Montval, medium 300gsm, watercolour paper which is really good but apparently the best one is Arches Watercolour Paper - 100% cotton (more expensive... hope that helps :)

  12. i love this!!
    ps. and i've really been enjoying your pins, i think we have the same taste :)


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