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April 4th, 2014

Florida Stone Crab

In this post, watercolorist Nancy Wright describes painting a stone crab on a prepared surface that has a wash of watercolor textured with crumpled plastic. “Thirty-five years of teaching art did not allow a lot of time for my own interest in creating, so I retired early and after a lot of trial and error, found a renewed passion for watercolor. My husband and I also started spending our winters in Florida, where I have been inspired by the wildlife. This “Florida Stone Crab” was done in a Stillman & Birn 7×10 Beta. The 180 lb paper holds up particularly well to texturing, washes and scrubbing.

Before painting, I prepared the page with a mid-tone brown wash. While the wash was still wet, I crumpled a piece of plastic wrap, and placed it over the wash, opening just enough to cover the page, pressed lightly and let dry. The resulting texture inspired the crab painting! Different results can be obtained by varying the wash color (mid-tones work best) and sprinkling coarse salt on the wash before applying the plastic wrap.”

MEDIA: Watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – 180 lb – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

Nancy Wright Crab

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