Layering Leaves

layered tropical leaves painted in watercolour

I tried a different style of painting today. No outlines! Instead painting inside the pencil lines, then rubbing them away once dry. Rather than adding tone and definition with the glazing technique, I experimented with overpainting. Arranging the leaves on top of one another, waiting for each to dry before painting the next. Resulting in a transparent layered effect, that previously I have only ever created digitally. 

Painting a larger surface area has highlighted my crude application. It is rather uneven and patchy. Perhaps I need to use a bigger brush. Or maybe the inconsistency of the results is what makes watercolours so unique and I just need to lighten up. 

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Rachel Lucette Adams

Hello I’m Rachel Lucette. I work remotely from a studio based in Colchester, Essex. Creating lively representational artwork, illustrations and vector graphics for advertising, web, print, publishing and editorial markets

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