Project 5—Daisies in a Jar

Supplies You Will Need:

  • supplies listed in the Required Materials list for Watercolor Jumpstart set up and ready to paint
  • pencil and kneaded eraser
  • woodless pencil or graphite stick (optional, but handy) or a regular pencil
  • three 1/16th (one-sixteenth, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2″) sheets and one 1/8th (one-eighth, 7 1/2 x 11″) sheet of watercolor paper for the project lessons
  • one 8 x 11″ sheet of watercolor paper for the project. This is slightly wider than a 1/8th sheet. The easiest way to tear a sheet this size is to start from a quarter sheet (11×15″), but fold it so that you have just a bit more than half on one side. (see diagram below)
  • several scrap pieces of watercolor paper for testing and practicing colors and brushstrokes
  • masking fluid (liquid frisket), bar of soap, masking fluid pickup, inexpensive brush for applying masking fluid
diagram showing quarter-sheet (11 x15") folded into a 7 x 11" and an 8 x 11" section

Prerequisites:

  • all lessons in the Preliminaries section
  • How to Transfer a Drawing lesson from the Spring Chickadee Project
  • Mechanics of Mixing lesson from the Spring Chickadee Project
  • Blending Color within a Shape lesson from the Rainbow Rose Window Project
  • Laying Flat and Graduated Washes lesson from the Dawn & Dusk at the Lake Project
  • 5 Techniques for Suggesting Trees lesson from the Dawn & Dusk at the Lake Project

Project Lessons

Reserving Whites and Lights, Part 1—Intentional Blooms

Reserving Whites and Lights, Part 2—Lifting Wet and Dry Watercolor

Reserving Whites and Lights, Part 3—Negative Painting

Reserving Whites and Lights, Part 4—Using Resists

Daisies in a Jar Project Video

For this project, you will want to print out the template for the underdrawing, the photo reference (blurred, so you won’t get too caught up in fussy details), and the diagram showing where to apply the masking fluid.