Hands up who loves to colour? My hand is waving high, and as a result, I adore the Big & Bold series from Colorado Crafts which give you large images you can really get your teeth into such as this Hugs And Pears set. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
When I was watercolouring this pear, I followed a tutorial from Anna Mason. Anna has a fabulous range of ultra-detailed, realistic, watercolour tutorials. I painted along with the pear tutorial, but as I’m not so much into the very detailed style, I used a bigger brush and more wet-in-wet techniques to give a very slightly looser appearance.
STEP BY STEP HOW TO
- Lightly stamp the pear image from the Hugs And Pears set in a water-reactive ink such as Antique Linen Distress Ink on a watercolour card.
- Watercolour. I used Daniel Smith paints.
- Stamp a sentiment from the Hugs And Pears set in Versafine Onyx Black ink.
- Trim to fit an A2 card base cut and scored from Neenah Desert Storm card.
- Attach the panel with foam adhesive.
- Embellish with a trio of Nuvo Bubblegum Blush droplets.
The key to this look is lots and lots of light layers. Wait for each layer to dry before adding the next. Concentrate on saving highlights and building shadows. I enjoyed following along with Anna’s tutorial, and the result has an impact. However, I couldn’t help but add a few of my touches and way of working. If I repainted this pear, I’d keep in mind the tutorial but then build on that experience and let my influences have more of a free reign. On a technical aspect, I probably prefer more wet-in-wet bleeds and softness than I do the wet-on-dry accuracy if that makes sense.
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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