A Lovely Autumn Harvest
Painting - Watercolor & Ink On Tissue Paper
A lovely autumn harvest of green grapes painted in watercolor on tissue paper, by Conni Schaftenaar.
I was interested in the idea of painting watercolor on tissue paper, which you can crumple up and get textural and color results similar to Masa paper. I found a beautiful photo of green grapes on PMP-Art.com, a free photo reference site for artists.
I drew the grapes and leaves with a Micron pen on regular gift wrap tissue paper. I had a backer sheet mounted on a board ready, and I then crumpled the tissue paper drawing and soaked it in water. I carefully opened it up and spread it out on the backer sheet, which I had just coated with a thinned mixture of school glue and water. I tried to be careful not to "smooth out" the tissue too much on the glue backer so as not to lose all of the creases and ridges. After letting that dry overnight, I could then start using water color.
I initially sprayed the whole thing lightly with a mist of Pthalo Blue and a mist of Aureolin Yellow, to achieve a yellow green patina over the entire board. A lot of that spatter effect survives in some of the lighter leaves and grapes.
I then began adding darker colors to some leaves and grapes, trying to use negative techniques where it seemed to work well. Besides the Pthalo Blue and Aureolin, I used a touch of Permanent Rose on a few grapes, a little Sap Green toned down with some blue for a few darker leaves, and some Burnt and Raw Sienna on some of the leaf and grape stems. The deeper teal colors were achieved by layering Pthalo Blue and Sap Green.
Reference Photo from Nicola B. on PMP-Art.com - a lovely bunch of pale green grapes, with which I took much liberty:
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