MONOCHROMATIC refers to a color scheme that is made up of one color in a variety of values and even tones of that same color. As an example – if you add white to red – you will get a variety of pinks. If you add black to red – you will get a variety of darker versions of red.
In watercolor – we usually don’t use white or black when painting – but rather take one color and dilute it with water. This creates a variety of values of that same color.
YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE A GOOD OVERALL CONCEPT/COMPOSITION…
- This means choosing an illustration that can have a wide range of lights to darks.
- Thus choosing a composition with a great light source is key. This will lead to dramatic lighting – which will pop your illustration off of the paper.
- Choose a drawing that fills the entire page. These types of compositions lead themselves well to monochromatic studies and almost seem to pop off the page at you. Remember watercolor is built on glazing – or layering. Some colors layer really well – whereas others not so much. So best to test it before you try it.
- Value Scale--try to get as dark/light as possible
- GLAZING---let one layer dry completely (hair dry if necessary) before adding another layer to make it darker.
- Salt--while the paint is wet, sprinkle salt
- Wax Resist --use a white crayon to block out white areas and then paint over it