Recovering a Watercolor Painting – “Dunk”

"Dunk" - Washed watercolor on 100 lb. Raffine paper - 6" x 5.75" - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn

“Dunk”
Washed watercolor on 100 lb. Raffine paper
6″ x 5.75″
© 2013 Marilyn Fenn

The problem with working in watercolor is if you get the colors wrong, there’s not a lot you can do to fix it.  Initially, I got the colors wrong on this one.  I had painted the webby type stuff in the background twice, ending up with a kind of burnt sienna (red-brown) color on the third layer of webbery.  Not only did it clash with the more jewel like colors of the foreground imagery, but it made the whole piece very busy, and you couldn’t really distinguish foreground from background.

Sooooo, I tried lifting the color with water (didn’t work well), then lightly with a sponge (nope), then with a bit of light and careful scrubbing with a sponge (better), and finally, I gave up all hope of making this piece work and washed it under running water.

Yes, I washed a watercolor painting.  It’s on paper, you know.  This is why I love the heavy Raffine “sketch” paper I’m using; it’s tough!  And has a lovely texture.  🙂

I took care not to pill the paper as I lightly helped some of the paint off of it, let it dry, and then had to repaint most of the foreground “characters,” while adding a third.  And now I rather like it.

Hope I don’t get myself into this predicament again, but if I do, I know what to do now.

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