NEGATIVE PAINTING – EASY SHAPES

 I wanted to show how easy negative painting truly is so I painted this small sample using  1 image overlapping a 2nd image.

1st you must lay down a simple wash of watercolor, your choice of any colors you like. Don’t make this too dark because you will be painting each layer of paint slightly darker than the previous layer. Completely dry the paper before starting the next wash.

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NEGATIVE  FLOWER SHAPES 1

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Paint around the object you wish to create. Here I am painting around the shape of a flower NOT painting the flower itself. This is called negative painting. The flower will appear as you paint the outside space or outer edge. Bring the wash of color you are using all the way to the edge of the paper.

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NEGATIVE  FLOWER SHAPES 2

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Using a darker wash of color I begin painting the 2nd negative flower shape. I paint only the outer areas around the petals of the flower and I NEVER paint over any area of the original flower shape. The 1st image must remain lighter than the flower shape I am creating so it appears to be behind the first flower. Take your time & visualize how the petals would lay if you placed the image underneath the top flower.

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NEGATIVE  FLOWER SHAPES 3

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Continue painting the negative shape of the individual petals. You can lightly draw the shapes with a pencil if it helps you see how the flower looks partially hidden under the top flower. REMEMBER DO NOT PAINT OVER THE TOP FLOWER SHAPE.

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NEGATIVE  FLOWER SHAPES 5

NEGATIVE  FLOWER SHAPES 6

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You might want to use a stencil of a simple shape & practice overlapping the images until you understand the negative painting concept. This simple technique can create so many exciting painting. Enjoy the process, play with different colors & shapes. BUT must important….HAVE FUN. 

When you sit down to paint the experience should be satisfying, gratifying, entertaining & pleasurable. That’s what I love about being am artist, it makes me feel alive.

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Paint with Me

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~ by Lorraine Rimmelin on December 11, 2012.

2 Responses to “NEGATIVE PAINTING – EASY SHAPES”

  1. Hi Lorraine: Thank you so very much for the demonstration. It’s the most beautiful and moving painting. It’s so clear to see one flower behind the other one. And I also love the colors palette you use. May I send you a token of appreciation, Lorraine? (all I need is your postal address.)
    Thanks a million, Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year.
    nga, with deep appreciation.

  2. Hi nga
    I’m glad that this demo was helpful to you. I enjoy the negative painting process and it means a lot to me not only to share the info but know that you can grow your skills through this blog. My contact information is listed on my web site. http://www.watercolorartisan.com
    Happiness & Inspiration in the New Year
    Lorraine

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