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Sponge painting with watercolours

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Autumn scenes again. These are both purely watercolour, with no masking or white paint. Most of it is painted using sponges, both wiping on and stippling coloured layers, plus some printing on details using the edges of bits of torn cardboard to create black trunks. The white detail of birch trees and sunlight is done by scratching through the paint into the┬ápaper below with a sharp blade. Very quick and effective, but you have to plan what you are doing very carefully. Colours have to go on in the right sequence. Both pictures start off with a complete over wash of dark blue, spread on with a sponge onto wet paper. You wouldn’t think it to look at it. But blue under yellow looks green…