I have another simply watercoloured card to share with you today using the Pretty Pansies set from Clearly Besotted. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
This watercolour was another I did while on holiday. I stamped a piece of watercolour card with the large three flower image from the Pretty Pansies set in Antique Linen Distress Ink and then popped that in my case with my watercolours and a couple of brushes. They take up very little room, and I do enjoy some crafty time even while away from home.
I googled pansies to get an idea of colouring and liked the varieties that had a blend of colour from pale purple (Rose Of Ultramarine) to creamy yellow (Hansa Yellow Light) centres with a bold burgundy (Pyrrol Scarlet + Lunar Black) splash of colour on the petals.
I think those flowers are my favourite though and I added the tiniest circle of Lunar Black to draw the eye into the centre.
For the background, I worked a light wash of Blue Apatite Genuine around the flowers, starting with the most concentrated colour close to the flowers and blending outwards with a wet brush. It’s hard to tell, but I also added touches of Rose Of Ultramarine into the background wash while still wet to give colour variation.
On my return home and back in my craft room, I cut the watercoloured panel with a Wonky Rectangle, stamped a sentiment from the Pretty Pansies set in Versafine Smokey Gray, foam mounted the panel on a Neenah Desert Storm card base and finally accented with Sequins.
I mentioned in a recent blog post about the art books I was enjoying at the moment. I promised to share my progress, and so I thought today’s watercolour post was a good opportunity to share how I’m getting on with the Everyday Watercolor book by Jenna Rainey. I’m not trying to follow the book through in 30 days but have committed with a friend to find three half hour sessions a week to play and experiment. I am sharing my progress on my Instagram stories if you’d like to follow along there. I aim to not make this about things being ‘pretty’, worrying about lighting and taking a good photograph but instead about simply sharing what I’m doing, quick phone photos and all. So here are a few snaps of the first exercises I’ve completed.
It’s good to get back to basics and thinking about hues, values, wet on dry, wet on wet, brush strokes etc. but most importantly merely taking the time to paint, experiment and have fun.
Top two photos – simple techniques and building muscle memory for shapes.
Lower two pictures – building leaf forms.
I think I need to work on my wreath some and loosen up more – it’s all too uniform, and the style I like and want to aim for is looser and more abstract.
I had this Saunders Waterford spiral bound book already so I’ve allocated that to be my Everyday Watercolor practice book. I had plenty of brushes but decided to try the Princeton ones that Jenna recommends. In the main, I’m using my Daniel Smith watercolour paints. The palette I use is very inexpensive but light and with a good amount of mixing space for the size. I’m also not adverse to grabbing a white plate if I want more mixing space! If you have any more questions, then I’ll try and answer them.
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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