I’ve always loved watercolours. While oil paintings can be vivid in their colours, I find watercolour paintings very fluid. The colours, as above, can be vivid too. But for me, oil paintings are more static. The fluidity and flow of watercolour paintings have always drawn me. Watercolour of the ocean, of flowers, of a garden scene are so beautiful.
I loved this watercolour wallpaper (the top image) the minute it came up on my Facebook stream by Black Crow Studio. It was alive, colourful, vivid, fresh. I also like that that wallpaper was unrepeated. Like someone had taken a giant watercolour brush and splashed some watercolour paints on my wall.
That’s an idea! But until I’m allowed to splash paint willy-nilly on a wall, I have to plan something else.
Maybe one of their giant prints!
It reminded me of the canvas artwork I have above our TV. The background is one of my favourite fabrics by Alexander Henry, the now-discontinued Seaweed Stripe in pink and yellow. I have always loved that watercolour art in the fabric.
I used some maroon fabric paint to draw in that cherry blossom branch. It was the first time I used fabric paint. Ever. Didn’t know whether to use water or not or how the paint would travel across the fabric. (Hindsight: Should have tried it out on a scrap piece of fabric first!)
I have always been dissatisfied with the art I did and want to start it all over again… I mean, what flowering branch has 5 types of flowers on it!??
Speaking of watercolour stripes, it reminds me of the cover of the Sara Midda’s Sketchbook: South of France.
It’s one of my favourite books. I scored it for $3 at an op shop years ago and it’s coming along with me if we have to run due to fires in the Blue Mountains.
I can’t afford one of these Black Crow Studio pieces, but I can melt some crayons onto a giant canvas…
… or paint my own watercolour canvas! That’s a very achievable project.
Or better yet, put my 7 year old Hannah to work! I’ve always loved her watercolours: