Sunrise Before the Storm

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10″ x 14″

Indigo

Quinacridone Rose

Cadmium Yellow Hue

Moonglow

Pyrrol Red

Hansa Yellow

Sodalite Genuine

Winter Sunrise

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10″ x 14″ Arches Cold Press Cotton

Phthalo Turquoise

Quinacridone Rose

Hansa Yellow Light

French Ultramarine

Quinacridone Magenta

New Gamboge

Moonglow

Poinsettias

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Arches 10″ x 14″ 300 lb Cotton

New Gamboge

Phthalo Turquoise

Hansa Yellow Light

Quinacridone Rose

French Ultramarine

Pyrrol Scarlet

Iridescent Gold

The Hydrangea Collection

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Every once in a while there is a project that I think about for a long time before I actually do it. As I age, I spend more time on my skin and caring for it.  I like certain cosmetics and sometimes the packaging is just too nice to throw away. I collected the boxes that I used for this project for a couple of years. They were perfectly good empty cosmetic boxes.

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First, I paper mached the outside of the boxes. I applied a diluted outer coat of Elmer’s Glue and allowed to dry for a few days.  Next, I painted on a coating of Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground in titanium white and allowed to dry for a week. The watercolor ground provides a paintable surface. Using a glittery black enamel, I painted the inside of the boxes and the trim. I applied a paint blocker for the hydrangeas before I started painting.

It took several applications of paint as the paint was slippery on the watercolor ground. After I finished painting the hydrangeas, I touched up the black enamel and added gold trim. In our well-ventilated garage, I sprayed two coats of shellac on the outside of the boxes, allowing to dry between coats.

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Hydrangea

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10″ x 14″ Arches 300 lb Cold Press Cotton

Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Green

Cadmium Yellow Hue

Titanium White

Malachite Genuine

Rose of Ultramarine

Hydrangea

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10″ x 14″ Arches 300 lb Cold Press Cotton

Hydrangea

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9″ x  12″ 300 lb Arches Cold Press Cotton

 

November Morning on the River

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Watercolor 14″x 20″ Lanaquarelle

Moonglow

Cobalt Blue

Burnt Bronzite Genuine

Cascade Green

Burnt Umber

Serpentine Genuine

Green Apatite Genuine

Sodalite Genuine

Cadium Red Pale Hue

Sunflowers

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Watercolor 9″ x 12″

300 lb Cold Press Cotton

Hematite Genuine

Yellow Ochre

Moonglow

Cascade Green

Hansa Yellow Light

Cadmium Yellow

Burnt Umbre

Greegn Apatite Genuine

Cobalt Blue

Lunar Black

Black Tourmaline