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2. Kris' technique requires that you think of your painting in terms of shapes formed by values--ranging from white to light gray, medium gray, dark grey, and black. Before drawing on the watercolor paper, we made value sketches to work our both values and composition. These are mine.
4. My next step was to use liquid frisket to mask out the areas I wanted to remain white. While waiting for the frisket to dry, I mixed up three primary colors of my choosing in small containers with lids(baby food jars work well for this) with water, until they were the right consistency for pouring. Kris recommends using nonstaining colors, but I opted for pthalo blue, because I like the way it mixes with burnt sienna. I used Da Vinci watercolors--quinacridone gold, burnt sienna, and Pthalo blue. Then came the First pour.
THE PAPER MUST DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE THE NEXT STEP. I then applied frisket to mask areas that would remain as my second lightest value. When it dried, I sprayed down the paper to wet it, and poured the colors again, tilting and moving the gatorboard to control where they went. When this dried, I repeated the process 1 more time.