Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking – what a waste of good wine.
I am involved in a weekly life drawing group and each session does involve wine. Last week I decided to take along a watercolour brush and see what would happen if I used red wine in the same way that I would use watercolour paints.
I think it turned out alright.
I’m not the best artist in the world, and I’ve only recently started using watercolours, but I was happy with the result.
I used pencil to sketch the outline and then filled in the detail with the wine. I had a glass of wine beside me that I was drinking, and simply dipped the brush into it loading the brush with the wine. I was fairly generous because the colour was actually pretty faint on the first run and it ran out pretty quickly.
Similar to normal watercolours, I found that the first pass was nice and light, but that you could create darker colours by going over the light areas again. I used watercolour paper, but it was fairly cheap stuff so the result may be better with good paper.
There wasn’t that much spread of the wine and I only used a small brush so there seemed to be a fair bit of control.
This was done quite quickly as there was a life model with limited time frame poses, so I didn’t let it dry as much as I could have. I also didn’t tape the paper down, so there is a bit of wrinkling. I also think that other textures may be achieved by wetting the area first to let the wine soak in a bit more, but I didn’t try that.
Obviously, there is only one colour, but the layering allows a bit of depth to that colour. I think that different types of wine may give different hues, but I haven’t experimented outside of this one painting.
All in all, I was happy with the result and may try it again in future.