Thursday, July 19, 2012

Woven Strawberry - watercolor weaving how to do it

15x11 watercolor of a very large strawberry painted twice on separate 140 lb cold press Kilimanjaro paper, then cut one into horizontal strips and the other into vertical strips to weave together.  I'll show the step progression from beginning to end so that you may get up the courage to try a weaving yourself.

 Two drawings side by side on large backing board

 Crowns in mixed greens but not totally identical - wet on dry

 Closer view of first one done and yellow green underneath

 Added a bead wash of transparent pyrrol orange + gamboge

 More paint:  Permanent red by DaVinci

 Continuing on down adding Grumbacher true red, permanent rose

 First berry finished with thalo yellow green at bottom

 Second berry at the crown with small amount quinacridone gold

 Adding pink and reds very wetly

 More permanent red, plus colors above

 Finished berry - water spritzed onto it and gamboge splatters

 Side by side views

 Background mix of UB, cobalt, permanent rose, arylide; one diagonal blue gingham square

 More squares with Prussian, cobalt teal blue, mixed purples

 Both strawberries completed! Close but not identical

Cut one into vertical strips then horizontal 3/4 to 1" in width, with slight wavy lines

 Weaving begun at top of vertical image

 Continuing on downwards

The left one is now the only one with 3 strips left over that I'll save in the collage bin!
Enjoy if you try this technique, just give it a go!  NOTE:  Update! See new post on weaving tulips for April/May 2015 here


Watermarycolors said...

I love it!! so original!! im going to try.. :) thanks for sharing, happy weekend!

Watermarycolors said...

I've shared on my blog, I hope you don't mind .. :)

mollie jones said...

Looks perfect, Kay...thanks for the very easy to follow instructions. Love all that riot of color in the berries.

Kay Smith said...

Thank you Mari and Mollie! I appreciate your sharing of this idea, Mari.

Silvia Cantero said...

Qué original!!! gracias por la explicación para poder aprender. Visitaré tu blog con más detalle (e intentaré traducirlo), he visto unos girasoles y amapolas preciosas.

Eusebio Sanchez Alvarez said...

Que manos tienes, que manera de pintar, que maravilla ver lo que he visto, me encanta. TODAS LAS FELICITACIONES SON POCAS PARA LO QUE TE MERECES.

Sergio DS said...

Interesante técnica y excelente resultado.
Me ha encantado.