I'm writing an article on "How to Paint a Flat Wash in Watercolor" though it'd work the same for doing a flat wash in thinned acrylic. Once the article's done I'll edit this entry and put in the link to the article. I got my 23d article done yesterday, on living with mobility limits. So the $50 bonus is mine now, all I need to do is six more articles with, essentially, disposable art until I hear back about the contract. Hopefully they'll amend it and I can send in articles with good
art to them.
I took five photos of my watercolor supplies to get a good one for the article. I'll reuse that one in other watercolor articles too, no sense bothering to redo it for "How to Paint a Graded Wash in Watercolor," etc. I can stretch watercolor painting into four or five useful articles at least, with different methods and tricks. Each of which is
worth an article, imo. Because I listed this Flat Wash article as Moderate, not Easy. I was very tempted to make it Moderately Challenging because getting washes right is a huge pain for me. It doesn't matter how well I can draw. Washes are horrible to get perfectly smooth. Wet into wet is a bit unpredictable and fun, but flat washes without light and dark areas, or smooth graded washes are hard to get just right!
I am waiting for a line of masking fluid to get perfectly dry so that I can scan my watercolor block and show that step.( Collapse )Edit:
did another article while watching paint dry. How to Draw Foliage with Chiaroscuro"
is Moderately Easy for anyone that's got colored Conte crayons around to do it with. Or Nupastels or soft pastels for that matter, I just like doing these in colored Conte crayons and do the demos with the little set so anyone who likes the articles only has to get the trial size to do the art.Edit:
At last finished How to Paint a Mountain Scene in Watercolor
which came out pretty good. You can see it behind the LJ-cut. I put another image of it (Duh!) and should probably start using lighter images on eHow anyway so they're easier for the eHow software to mangle.