Monday, 7 August 2017

Découpe rapide d'un passe-partout "maison"

The English version of 'quick'n easy passepartout-cutting' you can find HERE 

Les aquarellistes mettent généralement leurs oeuvres sous verre et savent que la peinture est mieux présentée et paraît plus profonde avec un passe-partout mat autour.

Vous pouvez achetez des passe-partouts standard mais souvent la taille ne correspond pas à votre aquarelle. Malheureusement, couper un passe-partout parfait dans un carton épais avec un biseau à 45° n'est pas chose facile et si vous vous exprimez sur du papier tendu, vous ne pouvez pas restez dans les dimensions standards.

La méthode de découpe ci-dessous est simple et rapide. Elle peut être utilisée seule ou en complément d'un montage standard.

Vous aurez besoin d'un morceau de papier épais (>=150 gr), une règle, un crayon, une gomme, du ruban adhésif et un bon cutter.
1. Prenez les mesures correctes à l'intérieur de l'image
2. Dessinez le contour sur le support papier que vous allez couper:

3. Collez du ruban adhésif aux croisements des lignes:

4. Avec le cutter, coupez une diagonele sur les quatres coins:

5. Découpez un rectangle ou un carré plus petit:

6. Pliez doucement les 4 parties:

7. Retournez pour verifier si tout est parfait, tourner à nouveau et collez votre image, c'est fait !

With a big thank you to Edith for the translation...

Monday, 31 July 2017

Cute Couples

Guest Aquarellista Annabel Clarke painted this characterful image. I love everything about it, the style, the colours, the composition - and the subject. Big compliment!

Subject du jour was 'Old Couples' last Aquarellista Tuesday, and we decided that many of them have the same effect on us as baby animals. A big AWWWW factor... Have a look for yourself...
Work in progress by André. He will leave the couple white (rub out the pencil lines) and create a vibrant abstract background

Fabulous watercolour by Liz... Are they going to the dance? Or returning from it... 'She' definitely has dancing feet!

Fragile and so lovely, this old couple by Elia B. (in progress)

And how about this pair - painted by Michele. It is very well-observed and also she outdid herself with the dark contrasts!

 Cathie worked on an old single - as you can see it is super textured, her speciality! This is a watercolour, on canvas, with a thick, irregular layer of gesso.

 An other texture watercolour by Cathie. Same technique, totally gorgeous!!

Carol finished her fabulous  still life with garlic... 

 ...and started a new one with pomegranates. A complicated one that will keep her busy in the holidays 😜

'Carol at the Hangar' by Patience. This kind of small portraying happens often in our group! It is so much fun to secretly sketch one of the hardworking and not-noticing aquarellistas...

 Patience was on a roll last Tuesday. With the motto 'Less is More', she wrote down some other famous quotes, on an interesting abstract background - on a big piece of rough-grain paper...

And with the same intention painted this fabulous abstract. Enlarge it by clicking, it contains so many surprising shapes - and is also beautiful to just look at as a whole... Well done!!

Sandra is working on this still life with spring onions that has such a fantastic indian summer light...  

And last but by no means least, this a-ma-zing street orchestra in Paris by Agnès! No doubt it will be in her blog soon - in finished form, but I already love it in this setup. Note how the transparent tape, used to mark the border actually functions as a curtain...

  It is not the first musical painting for Agnès: during the Hangar-25 year party, she got the inspiration to create  this fabulous, colourful painting of the band!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Quotes & Characters - in Aquarelle

 Elia's heartbreakingly beautiful rememberance plaquette for 14th of July

Last Tuesday we worked on large, self-made fonts, combined into texts, poems - and quotes. It is seriously interesting to create them in watercolours. That way the colours are flowy and spontaneous, adding an unexpected 'swing' to the rigid structure of a font...

 Great quote by Liz - looking as if they are the backs of a stack of books... Painted with watercolours over writing in masking fluid!

 The word "LOVE" in Thai... eh, that's what we hope 😝... Lots of fun about this text because it may just as well mean 'Buy our excellent chicken soup'. Also by Liz - and again watercolours, this time of the wet-in-wet variety, with masking fluid (to be removed)

Pre-pre stage of Elia's Remember Nice-painting: she wildly threw big splashes of watercolour paint on the paper and this great bubble appeared!

 Sandra created this painted poetry, with a delicate light and atmosphere - also beautiful poem in her handwriting - but unfortunately not readable in this picture (so sorry)

And last but not least - our correspondent in Bretagne Michele is back from her travels and painted this excellent text!! I love it, and not only because it is my name, it is also playful and colourful and funny...

And of course also other work was started, continued or finished!
Brenda continued with her abstract mushroom

 Sandra is working on this still life with spring onions, note the orange reflection

After spending a lot of time on finding the best quotes, Carol decided to first work on another still life. Going to be a gorgeous one!!
 Pots and jars come naturally to Sylvie. She started with this beautiful transparent set - elegant!
Sylvie also worked on her 'Texture' painting, a combination of waterclours and acrylic, with an irregular gesso fond. I love the stripey fence...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Texture Tuesday!

Last week Tuesday Cathie once more hosted the Tuesday session and she organised a wonderful experimental afternoon, thinking outside the watercolour box. She called it 'Texture Tuesday' and it was a great success, to be repeated!The group used canvas that was treated with watercolour gesso, salt, acrylics, brou de noix (walnut stain)  Here are some pictures + her comments:

"So many different experiments going on from everyone. 
A very concentrated group, with Bev out of shot."

 Agnes brought in her finished Canadian monument. 

 Brenda re-created the subject portrait painting using acrylic on a watercolour gessoed canvas. 

 Sylvie used acrylic & salt on a board to make her pillar & sea scene. (Not finished)

  Michele experimented with salt & lots of watercolour & brou de noix.

 Cathie's 1 minute experiment putting watercolour on gesso. Plus brou de noix. She says: "It has potential use. Can’t wait to try it again with more time & thought."

 Beverly used pastel, rubbed back a lot then added watercolour & salt for her old wooden door.

 Carol used watercolour, salt and brou de noix to make this amazing old wood with nails & a lock.

Agnes made streaks in the gesso before it dried, which was a super easy way to create the effect of wood grain. Finished with a green/gold pot.

 Elia used a gesso board to create this pretty pot & says she loves texture now & that the colours are a lot stronger on this base than using watercolour paper.

Liz had an amazing painting, after 5 minutesof  using watercolour on a watercolour gessoed board. She went on to add acrylic at the end. As expected she is a big fan.

Cathie: "What an amazing and interesting mix of mediums, with interesting results. Everyone enjoyed the experiment and everybody created texture in one way or another. I certainly enjoyed watching and I am very proud of the results." 

Marina: "couldn't agree more - it all looks very lively and free! Thank you so much Cathie for taking over and making it such fun for everyone!"

Monday, 26 June 2017

Mushrooms & more...

Cathie hosted another zen Tuesday afternoon and the subject du jour was 'Weird Mushrooms'. We're talking shape and colours, not effect on your perception of course... They are often pretty abstract and therefore it is easier to be inspired by them, instead of copying...
She sent me pictures of the results and I am impressed!

Brenda finished another painting and started this intricate play of lines, which will next week become a full colour aquarelle inspired by complicated funghi

Michele painted these mushrooms, very well done! She used masking fluid and experimented with salt

André created a whole composition of brightly coloured mushrooms. I love the purple ones!

Last week there were bougainvillea, but also 'Weird Flowers' for inspiration. Elia used one of those to paint this stunning luminous flower

Agnès is back from Canada and started this true challenge of a monumental building, full of detail... She will add colours next time. Can't wait to see the results!!

 Brenda also added a bit of colour to het view on Lucca. Looking great. And finished!

 Sylvie finished her painting of an old door - and started with a new one. 
A high production as always - and 'garden pots' are clearly a great subject for her!!