Charlotte’s Garden Web (Day 8 of 30)

Charlotte's Garden Web (Watercolour 6 x 4 inches)
Charlotte’s Garden Web (Watercolour 6 x 4 inches)

It’s been brilliant watching the paintings that have come out of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I’ve not had enough to time to paint and look at all the websites of the other artists, but of course they will be up there as a great reference even after the challenge is over.

I need to remember to keep it simple when I’m painting small. The urge to put in more detail is sometimes difficult to resist. Today’s painting was actually done yesterday – I only managed a short time in the studio so I did a very simple spiderweb with the slightly abstract garden view behind it. I’ve done a few of these before as cards, and they are a great way to practice working with masking fluid. I don’t know anyone who says they love working with it. Far from it, although it’s a fantastically useful tool for preserving whites, the fact that it ruins brushes and is fairly viscous (and therefore difficult to use when working on fine lines) makes it a bit of a nightmare to use.

My relationship with masking fluid was transformed when I discovered that using a dip pen made it a whole lot easier to apply, and of course there are no bristles on a dipping pen so it’s easy to clean.  I still can’t say I love using it, but it’s no longer a process I dislike intensely.

Spider web threads are perhaps some of the finest lines you might ever need to paint (or preserve if you want them to stay white). The lines are getting finer, but nevertheless I’ll keep on practicing.

(As always, there’s a Running With Brushes note to this post. Charlotte’s Garden Web is the 100th painting posted on the website – a pretty satisfying milestone. Now for the next 100).

4 thoughts on “Charlotte’s Garden Web (Day 8 of 30)

    1. Thank you. 🙂 On the question of the dipping pen, it’s also referred to as a ruling pen. If you google it and just look at the images you’ll know why it works so nicely for masking fluid.

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