Painted Rain

During the last month or so I gained two things:

  1. Information; a barista at Starbucks taught me a new water color technique (the “drop” method).
  2. Inspiration; a friend of mine asked if I’d ever tried painting rain.

I had never tried the drop method, nor painting rain. I had a box I’ve been meaning to paint, so I figured, “Why not? Let’s try this painted rain thing.”

I tried two different methods. First, I used my water colors and dripped various colors down the side. In my second attempt, I put my water drips on first and, then, getting a more concentrated amount of color on my brush, touched the spots where I wanted the color to flow. It was AMAZING. I can’t even explain how beautiful the paint was moving through the water.

I knew I wanted to put my hand print on the bottom of the box, but I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to do it. The first time I did a hand print I used spray paint, but that was a bit messy… (I had paint on my hands for days.) I thought about using my acrylics, but then I thought, “What if I get my hand wet?” I brushed a generous amount of water on my hand, and pressed it onto the box. After that I dropped in my paint, and created this:

I swirled the colors around a little, but I tried to stick with my basic print. What I did on the corners is drop as well.

When I was younger I never really saw a point in water colors. It wasn’t until this project that I discovered how amazing they can be. Water colors are almost like a whole different universe when it comes to art. They swirl together and create their own beautiful world of color. It may very well be one of my favorite types of art.

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