I did a watercolor painting on pre-matted rice paper (xuan paper)
before, and I tried it again recently with different paints:
After Feiniaogongzuoshi, 12 x 12 in.
Crazy Hair Day, 8 x 8 in, June 2020
Kaydee, 8 x 8 in, June 2020
Nikki, 8 x 8, Jun 2020
A few notes:
The paper I used is something like this, but I bought it from China and it was a lot cheaper. The first two paintings were done with Chinese paints that commonly used for brush painting on rice paper. The brand is Marie, and it’s available on Amazon. “Kaydee” is done in sumi ink, a cheap one from Daiso. “Nikki” is in western watercolor. The Chinese colors are a lot more opaque and hold better on rice paper, which is very absorbent. The western watercolor dries very light and very flat. I went back multiple times trying to enhance the value. When the paper is wet, the pigment swims away to wherever with a blink of eye. There’s no lifting with rice paper after it’s dry. You can pat it with a tissue paper and lift some pigment, but you can’t get rid of edges that way. Sumi ink is the most staining of all. I absolutely don’t know how to apply the skills involved in the first painting (the rooster one) to the later ones.
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Zoltan Szabo (1928-2003) was born in Hungary and later immigrated to Canada, then US. He was a modern master of transparent watercolor, and his technique books are popular among watercolorist. I learned to use big brushes and bold colors from reading his paintings.
The study of “The Last Wink” though, was for a different purpose. It is the harmony of unity of the colors that attracts me. I have a tendency to be too “colorful” with my paintings, and often don’t know how to control it. I like how the colors in this Szabo painting is so rich yet without being noisy.
The painting is collected in his book
. Zoltan Szabo’s 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques
Zoltan Szabo, The Last Wink, watercolor on paper, 13.75″ x 18″
After Zoltan Szabo, watercolor on rice paper, 2019
While Szabo’s original was on cold press watercolor paper, my study was done on pre-matted rice paper. It is intended for Chinese brush painting, and is very delicate and absorbent.
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