|Rainbow Trout On Parchment|
While wondering through the art store the other day I drifted, as I often do, over to the paints and paper section while my wife got lost in the isles of yarn. Those that know me well know that I'm always looking to try something new and push the limits of my abilities. Sometimes I succeed and often I fail but in this case, I'd say that I came out on top.
Well I decided to bend the rules a bit and see how well I could lay watercolors down on a piece of parchment. The results speak for themselves.
I also discovered that working on such thin and smooth material requires a quick brush and light touch.
Yes, it is difficult to paint on parchment but not impossible. In fact, if I ever wrote a book on art I would have to include parchment as a viable material to experiment on. (Of course I would never write an art book since I am about as schooled in art and art theory as I am as I am in field stripping a M16, which is to say none.) The smooth, 100% acid free, surface does require special techniques and the thin paper is an issue but the end result is a thing of beauty. I especially like the rich colors of the paper as they set off the hues of the fish and show through the painting in a what that the basic white paper does not. In short I believe that for painting fish, this paper adds dimension to the true colors of the paint and reflects that of an actual trout. I also believe that this theory will lend itself well to other species like birds.
Rainbow Trout On Parchment
13 in. X 5 in.
Watercolor Gouache On Parchment
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What I found was a few bags of colorful glass beads and a new type of body material. I am curtain that I am not the first to discover it but the discovery of this interesting material was new to me so I thought that I would share it with the fly tying public.
Like I said, I am sure I am not the first to find this product but I thought I would share it with you just in case there are a few of you out there just as out of touch as I am. Enjoy.
|Segmented Olive Sakasa Kebari Variant|