Georgia State Botanical Gardens by Kie Johnson.
Kie demonstrated her watercolor technique which uses multiple watercolor pours and maskings. Class participants were given the opportunity to try the technique on their own paintings with Kie's guidance.
Kie's multi-step process requires considerable planning before starting. The subject needs to have well defined values that as a whole will work to form an interesting painting. The choice of pigments is also important, as the pigments will be mixing together on the wet paper. Two or three containers of wet pigments were used in each pouring, and up to five pours were used to complete each painting.
You can see the pouring station in the background, past my work space. The floor and table were covered in plastic. In addition, a large bath towel was used to help sop up paint that dribbled off the paintings as they twisted and turned to mix the wet paint.
The third layer was dried, and masking was applied to the areas with the next value (the remaining leaves). When this masking dried, the paper was wet again and the fourth layer of paint was poured.
Once the fourth layer was thoroughly dried, all the masking was carefully pealed off the paper revealing the photo above.
The mess of pouring reminded me of kindergarden, but the multilayered results have amazing depth and create beautiful vibrant paintings.