Featured image by Brenda Swenson
At Sketchbook Skool, we spend a lot of time talking about change and inspiration. We love it when fakulty members encourage students to break out of their comfort zones and there are plenty of ways to do this, whether it’s through taking one of our courses or perusing the blog for ideas on new things to try. For a recent email mini assignment, fakulty member Brenda Swenson encourages students to try a new surface for their watercolor adventures. Her assignment included the following suggestions for students trying their hand at different types of papers:
I sketch and paint on papers not intended for watercolor. For example, pastel paper, brown paper bags, manila envelopes, mulberry paper...
A few things to keep in mind when working on different surfaces: -Your watercolors will look and act very different. Don't worry about it... play! -The paint will be influenced by the tint of the paper. -Use less water so the paper doesn’t buckle too much.
Feel free to break all the rules! One of the great joys of being an artist is experimenting with new subject matter and materials.
Here are a random assortment of images we found on social media from this assignment!
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