If you’ve been a part of the Cloth Paper Scissors community for a while, you’re likely familiar with the work of Gina Rossi Armfield. I’ve shared with you a few of her awesome mixed-media art techniques for using watercolor painting to push creative boundaries, including drawing techniques, backgrounds for art journal pages, and even collage. I’m such a fan of Gina’s work–it’s playful and joyful. I especially love how she celebrates animals, as you’ll see in the No Excuses Watercolor Animals bundle, which includes Gina’s new book and video of the same title.
Here’s more from Gina on watercolor painting for beginners. And don’t miss her mini-lesson. It’s just a click away! ~Cherie
On Painting with Watercolor: No Excuses by Gina Rossi Armfield
Whimsical, wonderful, fluid, frustrating, intimidating, hard to control–WATERCOLOR! Most people love the look of watercolor but are fearful to give it a try because it can be like herding cats. Watercolor does have a mind of its own, so the key is to let go of the tight grip of control and just go with it! In many ways it’s just like life; the more you push, the harder it is, and when you allow yourself to move forward with trust, things seem to fall into place.
I’ve been painting for many years, both in oils and acrylics, but watercolor has become my true passion. I love the way the colors bleed, move, separate, puddle and run. That’s the beauty of this medium. I have found that my approach to watercolor can be almost Zen-like once I give in to its beauty and let it do its own thing.
Many styles of watercolor painting follow a traditional approach–mine is not one of them! I like to explore and experiment in a fun and fast way that plays with color. My techniques are loose and fluid, and they allow you to find your own way and style.
Blown Away | A Watercolor Painting Idea
One of my signatures is to use blown paint and drips within my work. I love the way they create interest, movement, and something extra in a piece.
paint brushes, water, watercolor paint, watercolor paper, fine-tipped waterproof pen
1. Using a light color, such as pink, paint a simple heart.
2. Drop in a medium color of paint, orange, while the first layer is still damp.
3. Using a darker color, edge the heart while the first layers are still damp so it creates a blooming effect.
4. Lift the paper and blow air in quick, strong bursts in the direction you want the drips to go.
5. Let the paint dry completely. Using a fine-tipped waterproof pen, write out thoughts, quotes, or a poem on the drips. ~Gina