Is it “Hockey” or “Hake” Brush

The Utah Watercolor Society and Intermountain Society of Artist.

The Utah Watercolor Society and Intermountain Society of Artist.

The Utah Watercolor Society combined with the Intermountain Society of Artist for their meetings to watch me do a watercolor demonstration applying the John Salminen Workshop to my children’s book illustrations. The crowd started to gather.

Good support from my Mom-in-law.

Good support from my Mom-in-law.

 

 

It was great to have my Mom-in-law there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting on the apron

Putting on the apron

 

When I’m working on children’s book illustrations there seems to be inspiration I can use all around. Some of the techniques taught by John Salminen seemed perfect for the illustrations I’m working on now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Displaying the watercolor from the John Salminen Workshop

Displaying the watercolor from the John Salminen Workshop

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There are a lot of things you can do to create texture with watercolors but they have to fit the mood and design of the illustrations. Spattering with a bit of miskit can create some great texture and great sound effects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masking the illustration with masking tape

Masking the illustration with masking tape

I masked out the trees and ravens with some masking tape so I could put a nice wash in the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

Putting in the sky

Putting in the sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes you have to make your own brush

Sometimes you have to make your own brush

John Salminen taught us how to use a hockey brush to make a wash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Maura Naughton

Photo by Maura Naughton

I told the audience that there was a bit of controversy on how to pronounce hockey brush or hake brush but that Salminen pronounced it “hockey brush” so I introduced them to my homemade “Hockey brush”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to use the Hockey Brush

How to use the Hockey Brush

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I whisked the top of the wash lightly with the hockey brush. The audience was amazed with the technique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The sky wash

The sky wash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Meidell's water color piantino from the John Salminen Workshop

Sherry Meidell’s water color piantino from the John Salminen Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the tape off

Taking the tape off

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When the wash was dry I took the masking tape off the paper being careful to pull towards the edge of the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Atomizer

The Atomizer

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It was a great group of artists

It was a great group of artists

uws34Once the tape was off, I painted in the trees and then used an atomizer to put some atmosphere into the sky. The ladies in the front row got a bit of the atmosphere on there knees. Then like Martha Stewart I pulled the finished illustration out of the oven to show the audience. My illustrations will be better because of the workshop and instruction taught at the John Salminen Workshop.

The evening was great. It was a great group of artists and we had a very enjoyable night.

 

 

 

 

 

John Salminen’s Website

Utah Watercolor Society

Intermountain Society of Artists

Winsor Newton Masking Fluid

 

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About Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society Western Federation Watercolor Society and the Utah Watercolor Society. She loves to paint with watercolor whether she is painting pictures or illustrating children's picture books. She is a member of SCBWI. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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