Today I want to share the project I created for the May Colour Challenge. As an Educator, I don’t get the opportunity to be educated – I spend more time teaching and creating so last month when the opportunity came up to learn something new – I jumped at it!
A local Adelaide creative, Simela Petridis, AKA Pizzle Paints, was teaching a Watercolor Wreath class right here in my home town! The thought of learning to draw gorgeous wreaths and colour them using watercolours scared the life out of me but she was just awesome and made it super easy! Admittedly, I still haven’t completed the original piece I started on the night, but the very next morning I had to take all those techniques and have a go using Lindy’s Products!
So here are a few easy steps I used to create this little framed image.
I started using a 300gsm heavyweight watercolour card-stock and drew my design using a lead pencil.
I then pulled out a few colours … Magical Shakers in Magnolia Magenta Gold & Guten Tag Teal, Magicals in Poppin Pink and Sprays in California Poppy Gold and Tea Pot Purple. I find making up little washes in my palette makes it easier for me to use.
I then took my time to colour in each of the ‘leaves’ and ‘petals’ … working in small areas allowed me to build up colour and add layers.
I used a Number 4 and 6 round brush so I could add lots of detail.
The Lindy’s products layer so well you can get amazing color.
Start with a base color and …
Drop in something surprising to create beautiful color blends!
Swap to a finer brush and add details.
Just look at that SPARKLE and SHIMMER!
Where I didn’t have the right colours, I mixed them on the edge of my palette to get the right shade.
I finished off by adding a little depth with my Stabilo Pencil (a water soluble pencil) and then popped it into a frame.
I’m super happy with how this turned out and I am much more confident using Magicals and Sprays rather than Watercolours.
So a big Thanks to Pizzle Paints for getting me outta my comfort zone and forcing me to do something that I now truly love!