I spent some time the other day, getting my head around all the different projects I have on the go at the moment.
I was feeling a little scattered so I took an hour or so to go over all of my ongoing projects and upcoming commissions. I planned out what I’ll work on and when, and felt so much better. I realised though that I hadn’t left myself any time for experimentation. So I added a new project to my list called ‘Experiments on Paper’.
I haven’t really painted on paper much before. I never liked how it would warp and bend when I painted on it, so I wrote it off and opted for canvas instead.
Recently, I was working on designing some wedding invitations and ended up including some watercolour elements in the design. I bought some really nice watercolour paper and realised that warping isn’t really an issue when you work on high quality paper.
This discovery lead me to painting some illustrations on paper. I’m loving the process and outcome so much!
I used acrylic paints to create this piece. I worked in very thin, watered down layers. Building up the depth in the sky by blending colours over one another, once the layer below was dry.
My favourite thing about acrylic paints is that you can paint over dry layers of paint without worrying about disturbing the paint below. This allows me to create smooth gradients, means I can easily fix mistakes and allows me to create lots of texture, depth and interest within the piece.
I’m so excited for my next experiment on paper! Next week is all about starting my dissertation for Uni, but I’ll sneak in a little bit of painting in between…