Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Butterfly Affect- Watercolor & Marker on Vellum

For this experiment I pasted a heavy sheet of vellum onto white mat board.
I drew my composition in black fine line marker and painted loosely with bright watercolors.
After it dried I used the point of a fresh exacto knife to scratch out a pattern.

The Butterfly Affect 
Watercolor on heavy vellum with base drawing in marker.
©Carmella Tuliszewski

Because the vellum has a coating on its surface, it is very easy to scratch away on.
I also picked out some highlights in the firey sky.
The results of working the vellum surface in watercolor looks much like YUPO paper.
But I don't know if you can scratch out on YUPO.
But I'll find out as that is scheduled to be one of my play pieces.

This is a very quick painting, about two hours, but the process expanded on could be useful in the future.  Maybe with more rich, darker coloring as a reverse scratchboard.

Now I'm thinking maybe this would work better on clayboard and I've been wanting to
try alcohol inks.
Humm.. maybe I do need a few more art supplies!
This is virgin territory and I don't know what I'm doing but keep moving forward.


  1. Oh, I love this piece. The colors, the background, the composition, everything! Your playfulness shows! Well done. :-) A++

  2. P.S. I will put a packet of Yupo paper samples in the mail to you this week! :-D

  3. Thanks Sandy! I still have the sheets you sent me a couple months ago. I'll use those but appreciate the offer!

    1. Too late, Jerry dropped it off at the post office this morning. :-D


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