This is the wall behind our sofa. Before today it was empty and in needed of some colour and cheer. To brighten up this corner on a budget, I made four small monochromatic paintings. The pink and the purple pieces are watercolours and the orange and blue ones are acrylic. paint Today I am going to show how to complete the water colour project and next week I’ll go over the acrylic painting project.
Monochromatic paintings are easy to complete since they feature varying shades of one single colour. You don’t need to know anything about colour theory or to agonize over what colours look good together. You simply pick a hue you like and work with it in varying concentrations.
Watercolour Monochromatic paintings
As an unexperienced artist, the watercolour project is my favourite of the two. If you are looking for a soft blended ombre effect, watercolours are the medium for you! It is much easier to achieve this look with watercolours than it is with acrylic paints.
To complete your own watercolour masterpiece you will need:
- 1 sheet of watercolour paper
- 2 paint brushes (mine were about 1 inch thick)
- 1 tube of watercolour paint in your favourite colour
- 1 glass of water
- a waterproof container to mix your paints
- Paper towel
Preparing to paint
Start off with a sheet of water colour paper, a clean glass of water and two clean paint brushes. squeeze a small amount of water colour paint into a water proof dish. Prepare the sheet of watercolour paper by taking a clean brush and painting the surface of the page with a thin coat of clean water.
Painting in Monochrome with Watercolour
Mix the first and darkest watercolour hue. To do this combine the paint and a small amount of water in a dish. Once the first colour is mixed, take a brush and draw a single vertical line on the page. To darken the colour, add more paint to the mixture and go over the first brush stroke with a second coat.
To paint a lighter strip of purple, take the clean paint brush and wet it with clean water. Paint the water onto the canvas by drawing a second vertical line. Make sure the first and second lines overlap slightly to achieve a beautiful blend of colour. Continue alternating strokes of colour with strokes od clean water until your page is full.
The great thing about watercolour is that it is hard to mess up. If a section is too light, layer on more paint. You can control the shade of paint by adding more or less water. If a section is too dark, grab a piece of paper towel and dab the excess paint off the canvas.
Once you are happy with your monochromatic masterpiece, allow it to dry overnight. Stick it in a frame and hang in on the wall for all to admire and you are done!
BTW: I’m linked up over here… if you have time, go check out a few other projects!