Tuesday, January 25, 2011

White Charcoal Solution!

Before I put this piece away in the flat file (or the circular file), I thought I would give it another think. I wanted to use white lines between the shapes and not do it with a tiny brush and acrylic paint. Originally, I thought I could use the new Sharpie paint pens (they come in white, did you know that?!) but the white seemed to absorb into the watercolor paper and not leave the clean line I desired for this batik effect.

Thinking. Thinking. Thinking.

How about white charcoal? One line as a test and it seemed to be just what I wanted. Another two hours later, and it was finished! I like it.

Problems just give artists a new way to be creative.


Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Oh and isn't it lovely ... good you didn't give up and kept perusing a solution. Its so pretty.

SamArtDog said...

Oh, now I get it. The opposite of the graphic black outline. What a cool idea! Definitely worth the pursuit.

Sharpies come in white?! Can't wait to try it. On black!

Kitty Wallis said...
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Kitty Wallis said...

I like it too. So fresh and full of bright air.
Spring, waiting for it's turn, must be feeling the pull of that painting. Here's hoping it arrives early. If I were you, I'd take credit if it does.

Suzanne said...

What a great surprise! The white charcoal adds real life to your floral painting with the batik idea. Now you don't have to file it away in the "recycling drawer".

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks, Nancy! I'm glad I didn't give up on this one, too.

Sam! Yes! Sharpies come in a bunch of new colors and sizes, even gold and silver and yellow. More experimenting ahead!

Thanks, Kitty. Tulips are a sure sign of Spring and I'm READY! I'll be happy to take credit IF it comes!

Good to hear from you, Suzanne! And thanks!

PPASP said...

ideal solution! It was fun to see the change between one version and the next. Bravo!

Nick said...

The white lines really make it look sharp! Definitely one buttock painting.

Jala Pfaff said...

Looks like stained glass.