a disoriented introduction to watercolor sketching

my first shots with the medium- learning and open to tips on keeping sketchbooks

*kımıl kımıl suluboyayla imtihanım- olur da forumlarda tavsiye ararsam diye ingilizce

actually sketching out, ayvalik

a very quick sketch just to verify that my lighter-than-xerox-paper chamber of architects journal with no texture is just fine for watercolor sketching. it is what i used on the first post. no wet washes blending or anything, but for just coloring a quick sketch, i think its ok to carry this around (they accidentally sent me two anyway so i have too many notebooks to fill..)
just googled goldfinch and immediately sketched this based on a photo. 

a very quick sketch just to verify that my lighter-than-xerox-paper chamber of architects journal with no texture is just fine for watercolor sketching. it is what i used on the first post. no wet washes blending or anything, but for just coloring a quick sketch, i think its ok to carry this around (they accidentally sent me two anyway so i have too many notebooks to fill..)

just googled goldfinch and immediately sketched this based on a photo. 

was at bolkar mountains in southern turkey on the 19th of may, pulled together this little video.

Medetsiz Kuzey - Dağdan çok yaklaşım. from Duygu on Vimeo.

around 2000m of altitude during the approach there were huge populations of these tulips among the usual hyacinths etc.

subject to a little bit of more practice with watercolors. the photo looks even worsely stained than it already is though.

man in sleeping bag, sleeping outdoors in the bolkar mountains of southern turkey last weekend

got some heavily textured paper, feels quite different. hard to get thin lines, but i do like it. lots of black diffused into the face because i didnt wait for it to dry but it was possible to remove it, though the paper got damaged a bit.

above: the household cat with the work in progress (i get distracted after every brushstroke.)

a view of the bolshoy aktru glacier, altai mountains/russia

its really fun to watch watercolor paints move into each other and blend. however, that much fun makes me overwork stuff and it gets stained(see the purple bleeding into the mountain to the left etc), the paper gets worn and warped, the warped parts leak where they shouldnt etc. painting pebbles didnt really work either. anyway, this part of the paper does allow some wet work and I have dozens of sheets to experiment with:)

follow up on the last post:

i think i actually WAS using the wrong side of the paper. just tried the other side of another sheet and that does get wet enough to move paint around. the block isnt watermarked and both sides look the same to me, but i think there is a difference..

i dont want to be a gear junkie in watercolor terms but as a beginner i have a feeling that knowing the tools matters a lot to properly use this kind of paint. paper, especially. 

soo lets see whats all that texture labelling is about

I’m not working any longer on this one, its frustrating.

I had a fabriano accademia maxiblock of paper (100 240gr sheets) marked “drawing and watercolor” that I had gotten for use with markers and generally because its nice paper:P however, I wonder if I’m using the wrong side or something because the watercolor label seems absolutely inappropriate. I dont know what exactly to expect from paper but in comparison what the canson sheets I have allow this is just not fun: this paper absorbs the paint immediately, not allowing mixing gradients as I dilute the paint on the brush for lighter shades. it also warps and speckles if the paint is wet (its marked natural grain, but i suppose grain doesnt justify speckles?). the fun part of watercolor was being able to move the paint around the paper, even re-wet it, let it leak or dissolve directionally etc. this paper leaves me rubbing a brush in frustration trying to blend what is immediately dry. i suppose this should be for “light” watercolor only, but even for that, i dont know if the specking is allright.

I’m again trying to contour the whole thing and fill in the contours, which probably isnt really *sketching with watercolors. i dont feel comfortable enough to just shape the thing with paint over a very rough doodle, i’m working to develop the skills to use watercolor in my travel journals though.

btw, this is supposed to be a view of southern aladaglar on the way to sarımemetler campsite.

phew.

tried to sketch the area spanning the massif to the south of emli valley in aladaglar up to avcibeli using photos. it wasnt that bad -except i never seem to get the same amount and density of paint on the brush as i intend to- until i started painting rock, which i failed miserably at.

first time with watercolors.

actually painting was so intimidating that i kept postponing it and ended up just filling in the outlines of these flowers i drew with a pen on site. that feels more comfortable and waives the problem of finding a nice sketchbook: my generic journal was the only paper i had with me and it holds that bit of watercolor just fine.

wild pansies around the mountains of giresun, during a picnic near bektas yayla.