What’s on my drawing board, May 03 2019

Variations on watercolour This weeks drawing board has some watercolour paintings in different formats. Top row drawing board: Notebooks –  Colour swatches from latest swivel pan watercolour set. Quick daisy sketch, tall tree study, focusing on tree bark, quick rhododendron sketch – prep work for picture in next row. Middle row: Rhododendron watercolour painting, 8″ x 8″ wooden panel with … Read More

Watercolour Oranges

Taking a painting from an initial idea to finished piece I recently resolved to make a quick sketch of any idea I had for a painting. I normally just write a quick note down in my daily sketchbook, but the other day I was flicking back through some ideas for pictures, and really couldn’t remember quite what I had wanted … Read More

Cropping paintings

Whilst testing a new circular hole punch, I remembered how effective cropping an image is, not just in Instagram but also in real life!

Making Gum Leaves from silk threads

Free motion embroidery on water soluble film I recently experimented with water soluble stabiliser, a film that is used in the machine embroidery process. I came across it on an internet wander, and I suddenly realised that I could use it with some Mulberry silk strands I bought nearly 2 years ago at a Halls Gap craft fair, from a … Read More

Watercolour Baubles

Painting onto baubles I recently picked up some Daniel Smith Watercolour Ground in Titanium White.Its a medium that you can paint on many surfaces, creating a paper like finish that a watercolour painting can be applied to. I Chose some plastic craft baubles (sold in Lincraft hobby stores in Australia), to paint a design on. I wanted to create a … Read More

Painting on laser engraved plywood

Watercolour painting on laser engraved plywood Laser engraving a design onto wood such as plywood, creates a wonderfully crisp image, but more importantly if you want to to add colour, it provides a ready made indented work surface, which helps to contain liquid paint colours to each separate element. Essentially its colouring in, on wood. Types of paint Water based … Read More

Lifting Leaves

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Removing top layers of watercolour paint Here’s a detail from my recent Palm House painting, showing the glossy leaves on a bush in the shadows. After a number of attempts at painting this foreground foliage, I decided to use the lifting technique to ‘find’ the leaves in the shadows. I painted the whole bush in detail, in a … Read More

Mini acrylic painting

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Little & Large: I’m enjoying working on a mini acrylic canvas, using a favourite green colour mix of Payne’s Grey and cadmium yellow light. I’m also working on a large version of this painting, it’s taking a while, so I thought a change of scale may help to revitalise things. I’m using canvas sold for watercolour painting, it … Read More

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