My first botanical project was of my favourite flowers. Nothing says spring like these bright, colourful bulb plants.
Just like a pencil drawing, where you have a limited number of shades of lead to bring out details and depth. Dry brush watercolour painting is very similar in that you use a faint amount of paint (mix of payne’s grey, alizarin crimson) and water, and slowly add a bit more over already applied areas (layering). Bit by bit, the image takes form, details are in enhanced, one layer at a time. However, unlike a pencil drawing, there is no eraser to take away mistakes or lighten areas that are too dark. You have to pay very close attention to maintain the light parts of the painting by not painting over them or just doing one very light layer of paint. Sometimes, if you’re quick, you can correct a mistake with a paper towel and a little water.
It was very hard to stop myself from adding too much water and paint. I’m so used to washes and the wet on wet technique. I really do like challenging myself to try something new like dry brushing.