Provoked by the movement of pigments and water the compositions are formed by an autonomous colour-dynamic. Wooden aquarelle, a colouring technique for wooden surfaces, allows the mass production of individually unique pieces.

The addition of liquid pigments on a wooden surface provokes an autonomous colour response. Random colour-gradients, soft transitions, polychrome streaks and nuances cover the wooden material like a translucent ink. This aquarelle technique was once used by painters August Macke and Emil Nolte.

Only the colour palette used for the initial impulse is controllable. The colouring process runs chaotically and leaves random, dynamic patterns.

Wooden Aquarelle is the result of a material study to colour wood.  In a first step the wooden panel is clamped onto a water-proof frame. The wood is then coloured by adding pigmented water which soaks into the wood. The tinted water evaporates within a few hours and leaves a unique structure. After drying, the coloured wood is varnished with a transparent finish.

Further processing of the pigmented wood is optional. The method creates decorated wooden sheets which can be used in various ways such as a base material for furniture, wall panels, or floor tiles.

Wooden Aquarelle is a project designed by german designer, Meike Harde.

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Photos: Meike Harde.



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