Monday, July 26, 2021

Hummingbird and Flowers in Metallic Watercolor

 I'm always looking for new tutorials in the medium that I plan to use.

I wanted to use the Frugalcrafter Lindsay Weirich for the hummingbird tutorial, but had a difficult time drawing the bird. So, I drew the bird (using a white watercolor pencil) from a tutorial from Let's Make Art by Sarah Cray.

My Master's Touch Metallic set did not have the same colors as Lindsay's, but I had fun choosing my own. I used black Stonehenge cold press watercolor paper. I enhanced the hummingbird using black and white Posca Pens.


Monday, July 19, 2021

Portland Lighthouse Watercolor

 I was so happy to find that Paul Clark chose to teach a lighthouse as one of his weekly tutorials. This is Portland Lighthouse in the USA! I discovered there are several Portlands in the USA, but I'm thinking this one is in Main!

I so enjoyed the many challenges this tutorial gave me and I'm so very pleased with the results!

The rocky cliff was done with a piece of Cling Wrap crushed over a watery mess of watercolor paints and left there for more than 10 minutes. After removing the wrap, I went in with my brush and more paints adding more to the rough rocky surface.

I painted this scene using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. The piece was enhanced with table salt, General's Pastel Chalk Pencils, and a bit of scratching with a craft blade for shine to the water..


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Fishermen in Watercolor

 I was brought up in a house with Asian artifacts and have taken several classes on Asian culture. So, I was very happy to have this tutorial from Paul Clark to paint.

I painted this scene using Winsor Newton Cotman tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. The painting was enhanced using General's Pastel Chalk Pencils and a craft blade to give the water some shine.

My husband loved this painting so much that he found a gold frame for it, and we decided that it has to go on our wall!



Friday, July 16, 2021

Metallic Floral Watercolor

 This "Metallic Floral," is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

I had been wanting to try this tutorial for awhile. My set of metallic watercolors from Michael's had gone from bad to worse yet! I really wanted to buy the set Sarah used in the tutorial, but I couldn't find it locally and didn't get around to ordering it online. 

I finally got a chance to get to Hobby Lobby. Well, although that set was online at Hobby Lobby, it wasn't in the store. I was disappointed, but decided to try something else, a Metallic Semi-Moist Color Cake set by Master's Touch. It doesn't say it's watercolors on the package, but that's how you use it! There are 24 luscious colors!

That evening I got out my supplies and began to follow Sarah's tutorial. I drew the flowers on black Stonehenge cold press watercolor paper using a white Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer pencil. I dropped water into the paint wells that I planned to use and began to paint using the brush included in the set. 

I couldn't believe how smooth and creamy the paint was. I had to make myself stop painting, so as not to over work that which to my eyes at nearly midnight was a great piece! I still felt that way the following morning and so did my husband Sandy! Maybe you should try it!

I couldn't resist, here's another!



Monday, July 12, 2021

Desert Dusk Watercolor

 This "Desert Dusk Watercolor," is from tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. I lightly drew the scene and then follow the colors in the tutorial, enjoying the rainbow effects of the lines of color on the wet paper.

This painting is on a 4x6" Winsor Newton watercolor cold press postcard. I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors.

I've been enjoying the limited color palette and the smaller work space. It's an enjoyable challenge.


Friday, July 9, 2021

A Metallic Painting Day!


I was looking for something new and fun to do, when I realized I have a set of metallic watercolors, that I have yet to try out! Those paints, black watercolor paper (Legion Stonehenge cold press) and a pencil (watercolor or regular) was all I needed to follow two tutorials (Metallic Swan, Metallic Bubbles) by Sarah Cray. I used Artist Loft Metallic Watercolors, which I hadn't tried yet and when I did, it came out of the tube separated. So maybe they don't last too long, but I mixed each with a bit of water and they worked for these projects.

 I really love the swan and might be tempted to paint another!

Have some fun and give it a try!


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

A Sailboat in Line and Wash

This sailboat watercolor painting is from a tutorial by Paul Clark. This time I think I got the boat ok, with not much of a background.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper. I added Bleed Proof White on the painting, for the reflection from the hull. I used two Micron Pens for the line 01 and 05.