I thought it would be useful to drop in a quick tip about my new discovery, Cerulean Blue and the wonderful graining / granulation effect this pigment can have on a painting.

I picked up Cerulean blue from my local art shop years ago but I’ve never really had an excuse to try it properly, until recently, when I used it when I painted the Grassy Meadow with Poppies from The Watercolour Landscape Painter’s Pocket Palette by Adelene Fletcher.

Interesting texture

To be honest, I was blown away by its sheer vibrance and luminosity. In particular I loved the way that when you get the mix of the wash just right, when it dries the grain in the pigment becomes amplified and, as in the example blow, it leaves such a beautiful and interesting texture to the finished sky wash.

I think you will agree that the effect is rather striking as it adds an extra dimension and depth to the painting. Click the thumbnail here to view a close up of the effect.

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I now feel inspired to experiment with this a little more, and to explore to find out if I can find other ways that I can put this unusual granulation effect to good use in my future painting projects.

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