We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Friday, 3 June 2016

Riding on a puff of wind ...

I started an experimental watercolour at the weekend, and then I saw the next letter in the Craft Barn Alpha Dictionary challenge was T.

So - never to ignore a touch of serendipity - taraxacum (or dandelion) is my word.

I wanted to try dropping isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) into a wet watercolour wash. My first attempt was a bit of a disaster as I used too much alcohol into too wet a wash, and it wiped out most of the wash. I tried to recover it, but it did eventually end up in the bin.

So, I let the wash dry a bit, but then the alcohol didn't spread, so I helped it a bit by removing some of the wash with a round wet sponge and then dropped the alcohol in.

Nowhere near perfect, but I learned what not to do!

So ... make a wish!


  1. Loving this. Challenges are all about trying new things and I love the effect you've achieved!

  2. Wow! I learned a new word! I really like your watercolor! It reminds me of something I've seen before. It makes me smile.

  3. I use alcohol to color my reinkers, but have never tried it with watercolors. This is gorgeous, even if it IS a second attempt. Learning is always a great thing. HMMM! I had never heard that word before. It's great that you used it because I learned something new. And of course, what could be considered the lowly weed many try to eradicate, you glorified it with your lovely painting.

  4. What an interesting technique and great word. Taraxacom, I need to remember that. My flower bed is plagued with taraxacom! Love your watercolour, it is very summery.

  5. A fab effect even if it took a couple of tries. I love the contrast between the dandelion clocks and the flowers.

  6. What a stunning picture - watercolour always seems so peaceful and serene

  7. A lovely painting, it really evokes a summer field with dandelions xx

  8. I'm not sure you wouldn't get the same result dropping water but it looks effective and the yellow blooms are nicely painted.

  9. Fab page. Love the idea with the alcohol ink and it worked out perfectly in the end :)

  10. Fabulous result and a great choice of word.