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Coral Reef

Coral Reef, originally uploaded by Here Be Dragons.

After my watercolor class on Tuesday, I decided to experiment a bit with some of the techniques we used in class. I really liked the effect that can be achieved by sprinkling table salt on the paper while the paint is still wet. Some of the things I did in class reminded me of corals, so I thought I'd try and do something with that. It took a few tries before I got the effect I wanted (my first try, I used way too much salt - or maybe the paper was too wet - and it sucked away almost all the color from the page; the second try, everything was just too pale). I like the way the colors turned out in this one. Then, I painted in some silhouette fish. I might go back and add more fish at some point. I pretty much managed to get the look I was hoping to get, so I'm calling this experiment a success.



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Apr. 18th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Oooooh, lovely underwater scene! I love the colours! And cute turtle!
Apr. 18th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm happy with the way it turned out. :)
Apr. 18th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)

I actually thought it was a photoshop affect (or two) until I read the entry. Very nice. One of these days I want to take some art classes like that - good for you.
Apr. 18th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
LOL! It probably would have been much easier to do in Photoshop. But I'm happy with the way it turned out. You should take some art classes - I bet you'd enjoy it. Plus, I think that exploring other media helps with ALL the artistic/creative things I do. SO, it's probably good for my photography.

Of course this month, you'll be doing NOTHING but playing with the new camera. Which is as it should be. :D
Apr. 18th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
That is EXACTLY the peaceful, awesome thing I need to see after the crap day I've had. You rock. My tealady icon beats your enemies into submission on my behalf.
Apr. 18th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
I adore that icon.
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Apr. 18th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, I thought about that . . . but I decided that for this one, I just wanted to put in the suggestion of fish, instead of trying to make them all look realistic. I might do more fish in the future, though, with colors. Actually, I've got a photo of a leafy sea dragon I was thinking of painting. :)
Apr. 18th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
When I first saw the picture, I thought, "GOOD GOD, how did Wendy photograph that?????" Then I realized it was artwork. Either way, still very cool. I love the coral flowers and the silhouettes of the fish in front of them. They'd actually make a really pretty icon, methinks...
Apr. 18th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
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Apr. 18th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was actually pretty easy to do. I didn't get the look I wanted the first time, but the technique is simple. In fact, this might be something fun to do with M. I started out with a sheet of watercolor paper and a sheet of plexiglass (although you could easily do this on a table with a smooth finish; it's just more clean up that way). I wet both sides of the paper by running it under the sink faucet - so it was really, really wet, and would cling to the plexiglass. Then, just play with watercolors to see what they'll do. With that much water, everything sort of runs and bleeds around where it wants to go, and you can tilt the paper to get things to drip in different directions. It was a lot of fun, actually. Then, just sprinkle table salt anywhere that you want to try and get that feathery effect. Not a lot of salt - I probably used about a quarter of a teaspoon on that entire paper. Then, wait for it to dry. I especially love the way the colors blend around the edges of the salt designs. :)
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
I was just about to comment asking for an explanation of the technique - thank you! I really love how this turned out.
Apr. 19th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Give it a try! It was really easy, and fun, too. :)
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