I started a new class last week: Artful Journaling: Foundations with Laure Ferlita. It's different than the class I just finished—a different type of approach to watercoloring journaling. Laure includes video of her painting technique working on projects assigned to the class. I love watching her paint and just how she handles the subject, where she starts, etc. The assignment this week is a journaling page with a bowl of lemons. Last night I started painting after watching the videos and painted this version.
This morning I thought I'd take another stab at it and did this one. This time I stopped myself from doing the outline on the bowl of lemons. But, now that I'm looking at it I think maybe it needs the outline to make it more prominent in the layout so it's no overpowered by the lettering and also to separate it from the background more. What do you think?
Stay tuned—I may post an updated version with an outline later.
I am enjoying this more controlled way of working with watercolor. It's teaching me a lot about how to work with the pigment and water rather than accept what happens with it. Though the loose style is very fun to do, too! Either way it's been fun to be using traditional tools away from the computer and to be learning something new that may help expand my work options.