Learning about Gelli printing from Sprovtsoff Studios

Today we hosted a workshop by Tasha Sprovtsoff with the goal of using her Gelli print process to create a ground for watercolor painting. I made this print with a layer of Golden’s transparent watercolor ground, Daniel Smith’s Cadmium red, yellow spritzed with Ultramarine and Prussian Blue. I made a graphite drawing and painted in the street scene and people.

Title: London Chinatown, Gelli That.

Watercolor Gelli print.

Watercolor Gelli print with graphite drawing.

Watercolor Gelli print and painting.

Thank you, Tasha, for sharing your knowledge and skills with us!

Seeing Color As Value In Design

I’m finishing up coursework offered by artist and painter Nicholas Wilton, founder of the Art2Life and Creative Visionary Programs. We painted in acrylics during the course, which is not my usual medium. Now I’m reworking some of the assignments in watercolor. For this exercise, I taped off sections and rotated the paper as I went, building each area a little at a time. I’m exploring color as value (light and dark shapes) and their role in the design. Our eye is drawn to dark shapes, with areas of high contrast, first. When the image is converted to BW, we can more easily identify those shapes by their value and not be distracted by the colors. It’s is said that value does the work, but color gets the credit. Which area(s) below have the weakest design as it relates to value? Which areas are the strongest?

Jana L Bussanich teaches watercolor technique and color theory in Colorado Springs, CO

Jana L Bussanich teaches watercolor technique and color theory in Colorado Springs, CO