Painting With Water
Water colour in its various forms of pigment or pencil provides example for tactile interaction with an image making material. The need to add water in a palette or on paper highlights the physical makeup of the medium and encourages understanding of how fluidity of paint affects the image it makes. Representation of form and tone can be developed by the layering of paint and water to create depth, the translucent properties of the medium lending themselves to a beginners tentativeness. Texture can be explored by looking for chemical reactions with water (alcohol, oil or salt) or applying the wet ink with different materials from a paint brush to sandpaper. Water colour pencils allow for experimentation and deconstruction of line whilst allowing for the layering of colour again to create depth.
One of the most important lessons learned from watercolour is the fore planning of white space. due to the transparent nature of the paint it is very hard to paint light areas back over dark. The planning of white space at the beginning of an art piece is an important step in the creative process and reinforces the place of planning in creating good watercolour paintings.