Friday, April 08, 2011
Tiny Tutorial: Sketching and Painting exotic flowers.
I usually paint with regular watercolors, but today I tried using Luminarte Twinkling H20s. They've got a wonderful sparkle (it's actually mica) in the paints that gives my pages some extra depth and zing.
This is my subject matter. A protea.
I start, in pencil with a loose sketch.
I inked the 'pollen presenters and style' (see botanical reference here) first, since they are closest to the viewer.
I painted in the center, using a few colors of my twinks (that's what people who use em call them, I'm told). You can see the sparkle!
Here are my pots of color. and below is a video from Marah Johnson on how to prepare and use the paints.
Back to my painting..
This is another type of protea.
My journal pages are composed as I go along. Draw, ink and paint one thing--extra space on the page? Draw, ink and paint something more. Starting with a sketch..
I like it when the image goes off the page...
Look at that sparkle!!
I added the South African flag, because protea are from South Africa (you knew that of course) and finished the page with a little splatter of blue.