Dartmoor stream and old bridge - an experiment with foam rollers with watercolour
Detail scanned: An Old Packhorse Bridge on the edge of Dartmoor. Watercolour and mixed media, Vivien Blackburn
This one was an experiment with some foam rollers I'd bought at the weekend, working from a plein air sketch I'd done. Also an experiment with Bristol board (very smooth) as it's only the second time I've used it - the first was with oil paints in Cornwall.
I swept the rollers over several colours that I wanted to appear in the trees and put them down with one line - it gave a wonderful speckled appearance that I later adjusted with glazes. I love these rollers!
Then I used it to put background sweeps and areas of colour for the foliage, grasses and stonework, before working into them with brushes and watercolour, gouache, coloured pencil (a very little), oil pastel and charcoal pencil.
They were extremely cheap and are going to become one of my favourite tools I think.
I've often used much larger paint rollers with oil paint on canvas but never with watercolour like this.
The top image is a scan - I can't fit the whole piece in my A4 scanner so below is a photo of the whole. There is some copper oil pastel in the stonework that is catching the light in the photo - it's much more subtle than that in real life.
About 11 inches square
Have you got any favourite tools you use with paints?
and ps do look at this amazing video of clouds, skies, stars in slo mo