I thought I'd post something tonight because my last post, that owl with nowhere to go has been bothering me. I think I might even take him down.
But for now here is a little experiment I did with a salted watercolour, my scanner and the software application Corel Painter. One could do this with other software applications such as Photoshop Elements brushes or Art Rage or Adobe Sketchbook Pro and perhaps even an iPad. I am assuming you have a Wacom tablet connected to your computer with the Wacom tablet stylus pen that comes with it. If you are using an iPad you could use your finger, but better to have a stylus for your iPad for better drawing control. ( To avoid confusion about stylus pens remember An iPad stylus is completely different from a Wacom Tablet stylus.)
Each one of the three images are from the saved scanned and painted file image on the top left. Just remember always to save the base so you can use it over and over again.
Here are the steps.
1. Paint a sheet with two colour washes, let them flow into each other and before it dries shake salt over all of the painting and set it somewhere where it will dry. The salt creates delicate sparkly starry effects. I prefer to use two colours because it is so easy to get mud if you mix three together and I hate mud and I think most artists do as well.
2. When it is dry, scan your painting into your computer and name it and save it as a jpeg and remember where you saved your file.
3. Open your PAINTER or Photoshop or Sketchbook or whatever your painting/drawing program and then go to FILE and then open your saved jpeg file.
3. Give it a new name and save a few copies of your watercolour in order not to lose that base painting image.
4. Now use the eraser tool brush with a fairly small line and draw shapes into the colours with what is now a white line image.
5. Next remove areas with a larger eraser brush point. You can adjust the eraser point to any size that you want. A large brush is great for removing larger areas.
6. You can create a woodcut effect using this drawing method.
7. REMEMBER TO SAVE your work under a new name and keep the base jpeg painting in case you ever want to use your watercolour image again in a digital manner.
I hope this is helpful to someone out there one day. If anyone has a question I would be glad to answer below.
And for now, the rain pours down into the night. But I can rest knowing I posted something more interesting than that darned owl.