Experimental Workshops – intriguing us to push the boundaries of Watercolour!

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Sample of Materials – Lyra Watercolour Pencils – Pens – Aquafine Watercolour Inks and Maimeri Blu Watercolours on Ampersand Aquabord – 16 x 20 inch prepared by Wyn prior to the Workshop – last week.


The Inks

Orchids on the Fish Lane Studios table …… by Curator Wyn Vogel

What a Saturday we had – only a week ago experimenting together to push the boundaries of Watercolour – On Ampersand Aquabord – Absorbent Grounds from Daniel Smith and Golden Paints on canvas – Lyra Watercolour Pens, Pencils and Sticks ……….. and to top it off Aquafine watercolour Inks – Light-fast ……… with a totally different viscosity to the acrylic inks on the market and these gorgeous colours have now landed on the docks in Sydney!

Marion Hughes – Artist – Gladstone shared the demonstration floor with Wyn giving hints and advice from her experimentation over the last few weeks valuable insights into the new Watercolour substrates and mediums you can now use!

Marion’s Work with Absorbent Grounds – on aluminium – and would you believe on the door of her boat!!

Above Grounds on Aluminum – below – grounds on her yacht door!

Caroline Slack and Kate Jones letting their hair down with Aquafine Watercolour Inks

The colours of these inks is so enticing if you are looking to push your landscapes, abstracts or florals to a different level. Thanks to Canson (c) Australia for sharing these 3 bottles with me when they were so scarce in Australia – but the good news is that a crate of them have now landed so you should be able to find them in Oxlades Art Shops or other great Art shops!

These samples below show the vibrancy of these light-fast inks – on paper – smooth pressed soft Montval Workshop paper!

Looking up from the Megalong – Blue Mountains NSW

or on Absorbent Ground – on Canvas – we prepped the canvas with Daniel Smith Absorbent Grounds for this Workshop – and found that the underpinning surface is critical as Artist – Marion Hughes had bought a piece of aluminium she had used to prep with grounds and the difference in surface results was amazing – on the cheaper canvas we saw quite a lot of granulation on the smooth aluminium surface the artwork was totally different see above!

But here are samples from the Canvas – again inspired by the images Wyn carries in her head from home town in the Blue Mountains ………..

Close detail shows the granulation as we dried the Work!

Thanks to Pam Grabbe from Oxlades and Canson (c) Australia for their support with the Trade Table for this – Experimental Workshop – in support of our Australian Watercolour Muster – 2020! Hopefully everyone is inspired to head off and discover some new ideas and/or realise that they still love their Works on paper – remember the ‘Deadline for Submission of your Watercolour Artwork’ For the ‘Muster’ this year – is 5th September 2020.

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