Friday, October 29, 2021

Shimmering Butterfly

 This design was inspired from a Butterfly tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

For this butterfly I enlarged the outline and used Saral Transfer Paper to place the image on black watercolor paper (Stonehinge 140 lb. cold press). Instead of the vain lines on the outline I drew design lines on the transfer paper/ I painted inside of th shapes with Fine-Tec Pearlescent watercolors. I painted white dots on the edge of the image using Dr. Ph. Martin's Bled Proof White. I finished the painting using a black Micron o5 pen around the shapes.


Monday, October 25, 2021

Haunted House


This Haunted House tutorial by Paul Clark was such a challenge. I worked on it most of the day and I'm pretty happy with the finished piece.

I used my light pad to transfer the outline of the painting to the watercolor paper.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors on Canson cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper.


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Three Girls Mixed Media

I'm really excited to show you this latest project. I recently took part in some online mixed media workshops and I was blown away by the participating artists' creativity. I do plan to display my work done on those, at some point. Doing them lead me to look into more artists and I found Jane Davenport's books and art supplies.

While I've been enjoying my journey through landscape watercolors, I am always on the look out for new techniques and fun! Now I own three Jane Davenport books and a delightful pad of faces and more!

This pad has multiple copies of faces and a page with three girls, all on mixed media paper. I saved those pages and instead transferred the images to my watercolor paper. The pad is called "I Came, I Saw, I contoured" and  teaches you to color and shade. I loved and learned some techniques using my watercolor paints on two faces so far, but then I found the page with the three girls! Here's what I did.

I transferred the design on to watercolor paper with my light pad and drew over the pencil lines with a Micron 01 pen.  I traced the girls again with tracing paper to make a mask and covered the girls while I sprayed Dylusions Ink Spray around the girls. I let it dry.

I painted the girls using Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors and traced the girls again in the areas that will be covered by dresses. I transferred the guide lines again onto some Gelli Prints I made in the past. I cute out the dresses and adhered them to the girls. I used the Micron pen to add details and additional outlines.

What a fun project this turned out to be. I'm so happy to have added another stop on my art journey!


Monday, October 18, 2021

Raging Rooster Metallic Watercolor

 Meet the "Raging Rooster" from a tutorial by The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney. He was a lot of fun to paint with my Master's Touch, metallic watercolors. I transferred the outline provided onto my black watercolor paper (Stonehenge cold press 140 lb.) using Saral Transfer Paper.

I made a few changes to the original design, to make it work for me. I drew these using a white watercolor pencil...the water used in painting the picture easily dissolved the watercolor pencil.

I enhanced the painting using both Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White and a white Posca pen for th line details.

I had fun painting this rooster and making it mine.


Friday, October 15, 2021

Poppies and Pods Line and Wash

 This painting is maybe number 5 or 6 in the poppy collection. This isn't a tutorial, it's my drawing from a lot of what I have learned from Paul Clark and Sarah Cray. The idea came from a watercolor coloring pad.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors on Canson cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper. For the line, I used a Micron 01 pen.


Monday, October 11, 2021

Manarola Village Loose Line and Wash

 As much as I enjoy bright colors and ocean landscapes, I could not say the same about my own work on this painting. Although I am pleased with the finished piece, I found this very challenging.

This is a loose style watercolor of Manarola Village from a tutorial by The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney. I did change the sky in the painting to a cloudy blue.

I transferred the outline using my light pad to the watercolor paper. I went over my pencil lines with Micron Pens (03 and 05).

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I also enhanced the areas around the banks with Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White.


Friday, October 8, 2021

Metallic Cactus Watercolor

 Since I painted that first metallic swan, I have been addicted to painting with the Master's Touch Metallic Semi-Moist Color Cake set of watercolors! 

Having painted several florals, it was time for a change. Here's my latest, an abstract cactus! It was great fun. I began working on this painting by sketching the image with a white watercolor pencil. I enhanced the flowers using a Micron 01 pen. The piece was painted on Stonehenge watercolor cold press black paper.

This was really fun. You will have to try it out!


Monday, October 4, 2021

Peacock #3 Watercolor

 I couldn't wait to paint this Peacock from a tutorial by Paul Clark. It's number three in my collection!

I  transferred the available outline onto my Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, using my light pad. I used Winsor Newton Cotman Tube watercolors to paint this lovely bird. 

I enhanced the painting with splatters of white gouache and some lines with an orange Pastel Chalk Pencil.