I’m flying in today with a quick post. I’m trying to get ahead of myself slightly as I have my sister visiting next week. Can’t wait for some quality sibling time while she’s here :D
The other day I felt inspired to get out my watercolours and freehand my interpretation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Do you know the children’s book I’m referring to? I have read that book probably over a hundred times to my children when they were young and when I think of it I’m transported back to those treasured times snuggling up to read and chubby fingers poking through the holes built-in to the book. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
“On Monday he ate through one apple. But he was still hungry.”
I thought I’d turned the video camera on while I was painting this, but well, obviously I didn’t! When I realised my mistake I did do a quick phone video and shared it on my Instagram story. Instagram stories only stay up for 24 hours so that quick video has disappeared now but I am trying to share more behind the scenes clips using the Instagram stories feature – general life, what I’m working on, sneak peeks etc. Instagram is my favorite social media I think, it appeals to my visual nature and is such a happy and positive community. I’m going to try and share my The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge updates there over this month. Have you checked out the challenge?
The challenge starts today and runs through to the 30 March. Kathy Racoosin is a total sweetheart and puts such a lot of effort in to running the challenge and encouraging us all to take just 10 minutes a day to colour something. You can check out all the challenge details at Kathy’s blog, The Daily Marker.
I started with a long thin piece of watercolour card and sketched a ground-line, semi-circle for the sun and bunch of connecting ovals for the caterpillar. I used my usual watercolour palette and this brush (great for small areas like the caterpillar) and then tidied up and added some texture with Faber Castell pencils. Whenever I try this more whimsical, illustrative style it reminds me that what can appear on the surface to be quite simple, in reality can be much harder than it looks to get right. My Hungry Caterpillar is far from perfect but I really had fun and so thought I’d share it here anyway. It is having fun part which is the most important part after all.
To finish the card I stamped a sentiment from the Loving Heart set from Simon Says Stamp which seemed just the perfect fit. I mounted the panel on a Desert Storm card base and then accented with a few Simon Says Stamp iridescent sequins.
OK, once I finish getting this post ready to go up, I’m going to see if I can squeeze in 10 minutes colouring. The new Neat & Tangled release which is due out next week just popped through my door and I can’t wait to colour a cute new set from Elena Roussakis :D
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D