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Reindeer Moss 2 - original watercolor painting - lichen

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Reindeer Moss (Cladonia rangiferina) is a type of lichen that grows in alpine tundra and is eaten by reindeer. It also has a very cool branching pattern when you look at it under magnification, which is more to the point of why I painted it : )

This painting was made using a batik-type technique. I used masking fluid, a kind of runny version of rubber cement, to draw the pattern, then painted over it with watercolor. When it was all dry, I removed the mask to reveal the white of the paper. Then I went over the white with a very light wash of blue for a more subtle look.

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Painted with Winsor and Newton Artist’s Watercolors on Arches paper.

Overall size 8 x 8 inches, including acid-free white mat and backing board. Signed.

Reindeer Moss 2 - original watercolor painting - lichen


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