Friday, 23 January 2015

DAY 23 - Using White

Most watercolor artists don't use white paint - they use the white of the paper and blend their color into the white with water. This is difficult with rice paper because the paint doesn't blend and more water just makes blooms. I was lucky to find an old tube of white paint in my drawer so I could do some of these paintings. The tube was all dried up but I just cut off the end and peeled away the casing and the paint was ready to use!

Poppy & Butterfly
Loading the brush with white then dipping the tip in Alizarin and making your stroke with a bit of a swirl reminds me of tole painting. Most of the elements in this painting used white so the colors are a bit muted and possibly less vibrant.

"Poppy & Butterfly is a 5.5 x 6 watercolor on rice paper, priced at $25.00. If you are interested in any of the challenge paintings contact me through the website at - or comment here.

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I wish everyone a great weekend and hope you will check tomorrow for the next painting in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.


  1. Now I know what to do with my white paint! This is beautiful.

    1. I am glad I could help Pam. It is a good thing that watercolor paints always work by just adding water - lol - Thanks for the compliment on the painting.