Thursday, March 21, 2013

Watercolor Loveliness

I worked on a watercolor piece today and played with some different techniques. I wanted to share with you a few start to finish photos.

"Lila" 9x12 on 140lb cold press watercolor paper

Simple sketch Try to use a light hand when sketching for a watercolor piece. 

 Start of watercolor pencils....

I painted her face with watercolor pencils. Watercolor pencils are a great art tool to use. If you are a beginner or advanced artist they are a fun material to play with. You can use them on cards, to layouts, or fine arts to mixed media. 

I used a medium I had sitting around for quite awhile. I finally grew the courage to give it a try. Masking fluid is a medium you can find in the art department of your local arts and crafts store. I used it by covering my face and flower area before I painted her hair. This keeps parts of my painting protected. I had wet on dried painted her face and then did wet on wet for her hair. 

A fun technique with watercolors is to use salt with them. Sprinkle salt over wet watercolors, once the paint has dried brush off the excess salt. It creates this great webbed effect. :) 

Finished painting :) 


Thank you for stopping my little corner of the world. 


  1. She is absolutly beautiful!! :)

  2. I really love watercolors, I'm taking an art class, I used oil paint for now, but I will use watercolor asap.
    I use watercolors on my scrap LO, I can't wait to draw with them :)
    thanks for the inspiration, your watercolor is beautiful

  3. WOW Jamie

    Since discovering your blog, i'm having a little peek about. You are such a talented artist! I love this girl with poppies in her hair.

    Thank you for showing and explaining the techniques you used - i'm dying to have a go myself (I won't be drawing a picture though)...

    take care
    Paula x x x

  4. I totally love her.. I am so trying to learn to love my water colors.. as I see you have found a way to do so already!! This was a great treat to see!! TFS!!!

  5. OMG - this is absolutely gorgeous!!!
    Totally speachless - love it so much
    What a super talented lady!!!!

  6. Wow! Totally gorgeous watercolor!!!