It's Nancy Curry back on the blog with my first projects for 2023. Even when I've worked with a medium for a long time, I love to find new (to me) ways to apply that lend themselves to different outcomes. This week's exploration was applying watercolor with a household sponge. Using a sponge through a stencil helps to control the amount of water leading to less seepage and adds an interesting texture as well. The three pieces in the top photo were all done with the same palette of colors. All are done on craft paper that had an application of gesso, but you can also do this with watercolor paper or even a good mixed media paper.
M A T E R I A L S L I S T:
- artist grade watercolors
- household sponges cut into parts
- watercolor paper or paper treated with gesso
- black gouache, acrylic paint or permanent black ink
- scissors and glue stick
- cardstock or other substrate
- S907 Paperwhites by Jennifer Evans
- SC 05 2022 Capture the Journey by Megan Whisner Quinlan (available to StencilClub members)
- L829 Emotions & Feelings #3 by Carolyn Dube
- S914 Twisted Forest by Cynthia Silveri
I had paint left over so I continued playing. For the second piece, I chose a rectangular format and parts of Capture the Journey. I began by using washi tape to mark off a place for a word and then sponged on the background florals and leaves. Originally, I was going to add a word in the masked area directly onto the background, but changed course and did it on a separate piece of paper. I finished it off by sponging black gouache with Emotions & Feelings #3 and attached to the background with a glue stick.