• Sandy
      Participant
      Chirps: 32
      I tried to incorporate each of the techniques, wet on wet, wet on dry, and dry brush. I had an hour outside, and finished with an hour or so inside. I was wishing I'd taken a photo to remind me of the color and light details. The dry brush technique will take some IMG_0012practice!
      • William
        Participant
        Chirps: 14
        Hi Sandy, this is absolutely amazing! Are you able to share any tips on how you did it?
    • Elizabeth
      Participant
      Chirps: 9
      I like the control of wet on dry technique. I can see use for other methods though. Dry brush for details and textures, wet on wet for wash areas. it’ll be fun to try out in the field, but it’s pouring rain lately and it’d be all wet on wet if I went out now! Journaling in the Pacific Northwest isn’t easy.
    • Montecito
      Participant
      Chirps: 22
      I used wet on dry,  think is better to detail the plants. it dries quicker. It is important to have a good paper, mine is not good quality and does not work with many layers and gets bad with a lot of water. I would like to try wet on wet, but it seems a bit difficult. To apply this on my journal, a would like to start with simple specimens, such as a leaf or a flower, not a complete landscape. Because that way, i can find a compact palette and work on less details at a time.
    • Sarah
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      My biggest question is how do you keep the paper from 'buckling' using too wet of a brush? This is all new to me, and the control is going to take some time. The hint of having a test paper handy for both color matching and now this brush technique, esp dry on dry, is quite handy. I'll be using these in the field next time out. I took a pic of a stream going under a bridge because I was too frightened to try sketching it...I think I'm ready! I loved seeing how some leaves caught on the edges of the rocks while others kept floating downstream. The light playing off the stream as it came through the trees also caught my eye. I'm going to take all the time I need to sketch, then paint, this scene!
      • Hello to Sarah and anyone wondering about "buckling" of paper.   Liz Fuller has this reply on the topic: This is a good question - using appropriately thick mixed-media or watercolor paper is the first step for sure. If you use thin paper it will buckle right away. My next piece of advice is to be strategic about how much water you use - try to control it and only use what you need! This comes with practice and comfort using your brush. Lastly - always let the paper dry between your layers of watercolor. There is a certain amount of buckling that will happen no matter what, but these steps should minimize the buckle!--Liz Fuller ===================== Holly, one of the featured Nature Journalers in our journal styles video has this advice:   This is a problem I have too. I solve it by using less water and more paint, and making sure I don't add too much water at a time. That's not always possible depending what you're painting though - I've heard stretching the watercolor paper before you start can help in these cases. I've never tried it, but have always wanted to, and I know there's tons of YouTube videos on techniques! Basically, it's submerging the whole sheet in water for ~20mins or so. --Holly   ================ We'd love to have other journalers give feedback on what methods they have tried or had success with to reduce this buckling issue.