Jungle Flowers

Flowers in the Jungle. Acrylics on watercolour paper, size about 12×17 cms.
Ulla Hennig November 2012

This was my first painting exercise. I wanted to find out how to mix various greens, and how to paint over an already painted layer. Doing this taught me two important things:

  • Always add the darker colour to the lighter one. I did it the other way round, added yellow to the dark green and needed loads of yellow to get near the colour I was thinking of.
  • Not all acrylics are opaque. When I bought my starter set of Acrylics I believed that every acrylic colour/paint is opaque. It is not. I discovered that fact when trying to paint the red flowers over the green background. In the end I had to mix the red with white in order to get it opaque, which dulled down the colour and made it a bit like salmon. On Wet Canvas I got two advices: Look for another red or/and first paint over the background with white, let it dry and then put red on it. I will definitely try the latter and think about the first!
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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

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