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on: July 11, 2015, 06:05:58 PM
This time I tried acrylics on hemp paper.  Works really well.  Hmmm...I might become an acrylic convert.  I think the colors are much more vibrant.


I did the underpainting in deep purple, then used a double-loaded brush (white/different shades of blue) to push four or five petals at a time onto the purple.  Then used a tiny brush to add the yellow ochre dot in the centers.

My leaves and stem are terrible, though.  Don't look at them.

May do the same painting in watercolor on hemp and see which one looks better.


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Reply #1 on: July 12, 2015, 12:23:36 AM
great painting in acrylic mea , I have tried acrylic a couple of times easier to work with  O0 I think your leaves and stem don't look that bad  O0 be interesting to see it done in watercolours now
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Reply #2 on: July 12, 2015, 01:41:07 AM
 :heeha: This is your BEST hydrangea to date!  O0   The petals/flowers are looking very realistic. Colours are excellent. Well done!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #3 on: July 12, 2015, 04:20:07 AM
Mea, I really like this. Beautiful color. Thanks, too, for explaining the process.
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Reply #4 on: July 12, 2015, 06:02:34 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Mea, Geez, what a GORGEOUS painting of the hydrangea on hemp paper which incidentally, I have never heard of.  Yes, the colours are very vibrant which I love. Thanks for letting us know your technique in accomplishing this beautiful painting.  I have just purchased a supply of acrylics which I am hoping to try out. I started Nolan's zebra but I am afraid, I made a mess of the background/sky and so it is destined for the bin. I need to practice with it as it is totally different from watercolour. I am so interested to see if you can accomplish the same vibrancy with watercolour.  Please post your findings as it is exciting.  Patricia
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Reply #5 on: July 12, 2015, 09:08:00 AM
Thanks, Patricia. 


Here are the two side by side.  No doubt the acrylic is far more vibrant.



It is terribly humid here right now so that may be one reason that the watercolor looks less colorful - still drying.

I still have to work on making more realistic leaves, though.

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Reply #6 on: July 12, 2015, 09:26:38 AM
Thanks, Val, Susan, Jennylynn, and Patricia for checking out my hydrangea in acrylics.

Patricia - Hydrangeas are the most common flower on Cape Cod - nearly everyone has them in their yards.  My family had more than 100 in ours.  We were the first house in our area and my grandfather gave one to every new family as they moved in.  That was over 60 years ago, so they have really multiplied over the years.

I learned years later that he planted them because they grew as hedgerows in his native Azores.

Our house in 2012   

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Reply #7 on: July 12, 2015, 09:46:52 AM
Wow--look at all those hydrangeas!

To acquire the same vibrancy in the watercolor version, you can do detailed, deeper glazes. Do you have any Manganese Blue? You could also apply some masking fluid to some of the areas already painted, to preserve the lightest parts.
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Reply #8 on: July 12, 2015, 10:00:54 AM
 :thankyou:  Mea, for posting your findings.  It is so interesting and a good suggestion from Susan. Strangely enough, I always wanted to get into acrylics because of its vibrancy but as fate would have it, had to take watercolour instead and I am not sorry. Lovely to compare the different mediums and to see what they can do.    Patricia
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Reply #9 on: July 12, 2015, 10:08:40 AM
Thanks, Patricia.   I love doing the experiments and am happy that my findings are helpful to others.

Thanks, Susan.  Yes, we had hydrangeas!  The new owners of the house are taking good care of them, although many of the plants were lost when the new septic system went in.

I'll add manganese blue to my next art supply order.

I've never put masking fluid on an already-painted surface.  Oh - a new experiment!  I think I will leave this until the humidity goes down - everything is so wet today.

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Reply #10 on: July 12, 2015, 11:02:36 AM
great experiment mea, now awaiting the next one lol  thanks for sharing really good info  O0
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Reply #11 on: July 12, 2015, 11:34:38 AM
Excellent, Sista!!
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Reply #12 on: July 12, 2015, 03:05:05 PM
Hey, Retta.  I missed you while I was away.

Looks like w both have to get back in the PB groove.

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Reply #13 on: July 12, 2015, 04:20:56 PM
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Reply #14 on: July 15, 2015, 10:23:59 PM
Discouraging results trying to make the watercolor hydrangea look as good as the acrylic one.

I did not have manganese blue as suggested, so tried to mix a suitable substitute.  The pseudo-blue
 manganese wash ended up washing more color off the painting than it put on. 

I had tried putting some masking fluid on the whites, but the humidity in the air just made it too hard to stick.

I'm beginning to think that acrylics are best for the hemp paper.

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