Sometimes it is fun to shake thing sup a bit and use different sizes of paper for your paintings. We tend to use pretty standard rectangles - 8x10, 11x14 - so I decided to go long and skinny for SunshineIris and was thrilled with the final look.
This painting began as a demo for one of my workshops where we were exploring adding other media to our watercolor paintings. I first used several colors - white, pink, yellow - of oil pastel to draw in the flowers in the foreground. The pastel acts as a resist when you begin laying in the watercolors so that you can paint dark greens in the field and not lose the flowers.
I began this painting but wetting 140lb watercolor paper and then placing tissue paper on top. I then used a a spray bottle to wet the tissue and began to apply strong colors for the flowers and leaves, letting the paint seap through the tissue.
When the paint and papers were dry I removed the tissue and saw that it had created beautiful texture on the white paper, creating a mosaic type of feel. I then used negative painting to define the flowers, petals, leaves and vase to complete the composition..
This is a fun way to loosen your painting style if you feel like you are too tight and too focused on details.