Big red beets in our garden are ready to be harvested so the other night rather than roasting them in the oven, I boiled them in water until tender.  Then, I drained the juice, let it cool with the intention to see how it would react when using it to paint on paper.  It didn’t flow all that well and maybe it’s due to the sketching paper I used.     The paper is mainly for graphite sketches, consequently it absorbed too much of the beet juice when the brush loaded with juice  was applied to the paper.   The juice just stayed where the brush touched the paper w/o  smooth spreading over the paper with the brush.  I had better results spreading clear water on the areas that would be painted with the beet juice then applying the beet juice to it.  The juice flowed smoothly into the intended areas.  Also, I think commercial watercolor paints have an additive mixed into the paint so they flow smoothly over the paper.

The photo editing that comes with this computer does not give true white backgrounds from the original painting.  I’ve installed Photo Shop in hopes of improving the backgrounds but I haven’t worked very diligently on learning how to operate the system.   Too technical and time consuming….but, I will get there, thanks to you-tube.


12 thoughts on “A Rhododendren sketched with beet juice?

  1. What a cool idea! Was the beet juice sticky after application or did it dry nicely? I ask this because it would maybe a substance I could use to splatter with in the future. Your value study of the rhododendron came out beautifully!

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