Thursday, June 2, 2011
K.....Kouldn't think of a Katchy Kaption
I worked on the letter K by grabbing the closest piece of watercolour paper. It turned out to be Saunders 140 lb hot press paper. The white is slightly warmer than the Arches HP but the texture of the paper is quite soft with almost a suede feel to it. It took the Rolco gilding size wonderfully . This letter is gilded with 23K loose leaf lemon gold so it has a little extra shine to it. The K and ribbon are painted with Winsor Newton Purple Lake using a moist brush technique. I found that the paper fought against the Purple Lake with this moist brush technique but the wet brush caused some feathering. I wrestled with that portion of the design but the flowers, leaves and pastel burnish were not a problem. The flowers are painted with WN Opera Rose and Carmine and the leaves are Holbein Leaf green with some Winsor Newton Terre Verte shading. Pastel background is done with Diane Townsend Terrages Pastels, my new favourite tool in the studio. It really helps that Canada's only Pastel Studio is only a 12 minute drive from home.The finished size of this piece is 5" x 1 1/2"