Onions in Watercolour

Onions in Watercolour

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One of the things I love about painting in watercolour is the effects you can get with the different pigments used in the paint. I have many favourite colours in several different brands, Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, etc. so I thought I would do a quick painting to show off the characteristics of the various paints. Daniel Smith paints are very exciting. They are made (many of them) from rocks that have been found in different parts of the world, taken back to the USA and ground down into pigments to make watercolour paints. The effects you get when you paint with these paints is that the various pigments float around in the water on the surface of the watercolour paper and granulate, that is, they separate and make marvellous textures…

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If you click on the picture above to enlarge it you can see what I’m talking about. I also love using Derwent Inktense pencils in my work. I use Inktense pencils with both watercolour and acrylics since they are both water-soluble and permanent when they dry and can even therefore┬ábe used on a canvas with acrylic paints. I’ll talk more about them in another post.

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The paper I used is 300g Montval watercolour paper, which I tend to use as a kind of mixed media paper, but actually the effects from the watercolours show up more on a slightly higher quality paper, such as Saunders Waterford NOT, 300g.

Here’s the film and you can see the process involved in painting these onions… click here: Onions in Watercolour


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