I am a sucker for a good poem. When I was in my teens I had a very traditional poetry book that someone must have given my mom, she allowed me to cut it up (my memory is vague on that part ;) and use it for collage, so I did. I would make mixed tape covers and put lines from love poems on my current boyfriend's newest mixed tape. I was a rather daft romantic back then, hopeful that those mixed tapes laced with someone else's love lines would make the then-boyfriend fall deeply, madly in love with me. Well? I can't say it didn't work at least once. Poetry and artwork have this fitting way of making those that receive it feel special. Maybe there is someone you want to make feel this way? Maybe it's something you do for yourself to make yourself feel special, either way, I think it's worth doing and often.
For this exercise, you will need a poem, you can write one or use your favorite. Then you will need a reference image that goes with the poem. You will need some watercolor paints and paper and you are ready to go.
Sketch out your focal image using pencil or paint. Add your poem to the sketch. Then begin to paint in your image and outline the poem.
And how much does this sweet couple remind you of the older couple from the earlier watercolor on gesso lesson?
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Watercolor is a medium that can be as demanding and temperamental as those who choose to paint with it. But it is a colorful and exciting medium all the same – well suited to describing the many moods of the subject, as well as those of the artist wielding the brush. - Jean Burman