I decided that I liked watercolors so much I was going to make some little cards and paintings to sell on etsy. It's really fun making the cards and I think the little paintings I made came out well. The problem is the text looks terrible (in my opinion). Well, judge for yourself:
This one I tried to paint block letters with a brush... my hand was shaking as it always does.
This one I used the same technique to make the text as I did to make the lines on the outline of the pomegranate.
This one I did the same as the card above. This isn't a card, though...
JewishGuy says the text looks better with the second technique. I think my handwriting isn't nice enough.
Definitely, I will start writing before I paint, because I spent a good amount of time on the pomegranate in the first card and then the text looks like crap.
I was thinking, maybe I could print the text on the paper first and then paint around it, but the problem with this is that I need to soak and stretch the paper before I paint on it.
- I can't put wet paper through the printer,
- I can't put it through the printer once it's stretch (because it's taped to a board),
- if I put it through the printer before I soak and stretch then the ink will run as I soak it.
- If I print on it after I paint there is a chance it will print on top of my painting, although this might be the most feasible solution. I could plan it so the painting doesn't go above a certain line on the card.
I wonder if this would be different on a laser printer?
I just don't know! But I am excited that I am being productive!
For those who can't read Hebrew, the first two cards say "L'Shana Tova" which is usually translated to "Happy New Year" although it's really "To a good year." The bottom painting is an excerpt from Song of Songs:
Let us go early to the vineyards
Let us see if the vine has flowered
If its blossoms have opened,
If the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give my love to you.
I'll just have to keep experimenting.