Saturday, July 25, 2015

ICAD #13

Blueberry and Plum

I am so far behind on my ICAD prompts but I keep plugging along.  
I had to think about this one a bit to decide if I wanted to to go with realistic blueberries, or just use the color reference.
Since I had just recently picked blueberries and have three nice big containers in my freezer, I decided to go with realistic style blueberries with a hint of a plum.
LOVE blueberries! YUM!

I am new to watercolor and I'm just finding my way as I go.
This was my first time using my Holbein Watercolors.
I have the tube paints and I put a bit of each of them in a travel palette and let them dry...and worked from there.

They are SO rich in color.  It only took a tiny bit of color and it went a long way!
They definitely have a bit of a learning curve.

Blueberries and Plum

Here are a few step-out photos of the process...

I drew my sketch lightly and then masked off the stems
I used Compose Blue, Colbalt Blue, Prussian Blue and Mineral Violet for the  blueberries.

The leaves were painted with a Yellow Green and Yellow Ochre and Terre Verte.

Close-up of Blueberries and Leaves

I used a piece of a credit card to scrape the veins into the leaves and let the watercolor pool in the scratches.

Once I removed the masking fluid I painted in the stems and gave the background some additional color and a  bit more detail to the blueberries....

and the finished card!
Blueberries and Plum

Saturday, July 18, 2015

ICAD #12

Parsnip and Kiwi

Neocolor II, Watercolor pencils and Rapidograph Pen

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ICAD #11

Mango and Lime

Some more watercolor fun!  I used a combination of Kuretake Gansai Tambi pan watercolors and Neocolor IIs for this little mango card.  
I really like how this one came out.

Here's the little sketch and first layer of colors using the pan watercolors.

Added a bit more color with Neocolors and started shading the mango and its little leaf.

Then a bit more layering and subtle shading and added the spattering of color to the mango and countertop. Then I titled it and signed it and called it done, before I could go back and overwork it.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

ICAD #10

Eggplant and Ginger 

I got my order of the full set of Neocolor IIs in this past week and thought I'd take some time to play with them and see how far I could push them .
No step-out shots this time.
My carpel tunnel is acting up, so I ended up working on this one over several day as my hand would allow.

I lightly drew the swirls directly on the watercolor paper in eggplant and ginger looking colors and then wet and smoothed them with a #8 round brush, and then from there I started to play.

I used many methods of layering the colors besides the direct to paper method like I mentioned above. I used both a water brush and a #3 round brush for most of the work, alternating to use the one I felt would create the effect I was trying to achieve.

One method was to take the crayon and color on my craft mat and use a wet brush to mix in a bit of water to create a wet wash.  The more water you add the thinner and lighter the wash.

I also used a wet brush to take color directly from the crayon, sometimes to add a mere hit of color and sometimes I picked up a lot of color to lay down a more intense layer of color.

I did a lot of spattering using washes that I created on my craft mat and the #3 round brush.  The small brush created wonderful subtle and tiny splatters.  Just what I was going for to add in subtle layers of color.  I would suggest that you don't use the water brush to create spatters as it generally likes to just fling plain water out of the brush rather than the color you've picked up on your brush.

All outlining was completed with some vintage Rapidograph pens filled with black India Ink that I scored from a friend.  I used the 2.0, 3.0 and .3 tips.  They have been so fun to work with and I am still learning the best way to hold them and not set the carpel tunnel off in my hand.  I think I am really going to like them.  I have several more pens and tips and I've picked up some white ink and found some brown ink in my stash and am looking forward to playing some more.

Now I'm off to figure out what to do for #11 Lime and Mango.  I'm quite a bit behind but I keep marching on.
...hmmm...what to do, what to do.

Thanks for visiting and if your still here after all my rambling, feel free to leave me a comment below.  I would love to hear from you!

Saturday, July 04, 2015


Carrot and Lemon

"Split Pea Soup with Carrots and Iced Tea with Lemon"

Just a preliminary sketch and color using watercolor pencils.  Made while sitting and waiting with kids for doctor appointments.

Finished it off once I was home by adding my watercolor using Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors.