Saturday, 14 March 2020

Watercolour and fine liner Daphne | Watercolour basics

I've been working on watercolour basics recently, just reminding myself of core skills that will help me progress then with my own style of work. Watercolour layering is something i was working on with this piece. The above photo shows the final Daphne, the below photo shows it as a watercolour painting before i added my fine liner overlay.

You can watch how I painted this piece and paint along here: 

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Watercolour & fine liner bee in a meadow

I had a go at recreating one of my most popular pieces (bee in a meadow, one of my best selling card prints) in a different colourway. I'm not as happy with this one as i was with the purple flowers but it was fun to recreate.

I love working in loose watercolours, i enjoy the freedom to allow the paint to flow.

I don't feel like the flowers quite work as well in this piece, i didn't leave enough white space but that is something i can improve on the next piece.

Take a look at how i create this little piece here...

Please remember to click through to my YouTube channel and subscribe to help support me on my art journey. 

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Working on character designs for childrens books

I've been working a lot recently on character designs for childrens books.

This little fox character i hope to paint in a variety of scenes, mostly getting up to mischief i expect as his character is based on my youngest son Finley who LOVES foxes

You can see a short speed paint video below of how i started him, the pen overlay part didn't film correctly unfortunately so i wasn't able to add that bit but you can see above how he turned out.

Letting the paint form the picture

This is a piece i created in 2018 (i think) one of the first pieces where i began to experiment with the loose watercolour florals and fine liner overlays.

It's funny, at the time i didn't realise this would be the style that i too further and developed into a who process of my ow.

I just love the freedom of creating these pieces, i don't feel restricted, i don't feel like i have to follow any rules. I can apply the paint and watch it flow, follow it and watch the piece form in front of me.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

My experience of taking part in Devon Open Studios

If you are interested in taking part in Open Studios events then take a look at this video where i share my experience of taking part in the Devon Open Studios in 2019.

If you have any questions please pop them in the comments and i'll do my best to help. 

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Imaginative Florals in Loose Watercolour & Brusho with fine liner overlay

Abstract & Impressionist florals have always been a love of mine. I love to create them and i love how other artists paint them, i actually own a number of pieces by other artists that are hung around my home. There is just something about imaginative florals that capture me.

I used inspiration from a layout i saw in this book to create the above piece, you can see how i created it in the video below. (Please remember to click through to the video, like and subscribe to my channel to help support me and my art journey) 

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Giotto Watercolour Pencils Showcase & Review

These watercolour pencils are actually my sons, they came in a Ready Steady Paint subscription box that he gets monthly.

I did a video review of them over on my Youtube which you can watch here below:

As you'll notice there is no sound, this is because there was an issue with the sound part way through so i removed it. The video does still showcase these pencils and what they can do.

Over all i think the pencils worked really well. The colours were vibrant and the pigment quality was good. A great selection of colours was in this 12 set. I was able to move the colour around with my brush and even after it had been down on the paper for a while.

The pencils worked well onto wet as well as onto dry which i was really impressed with.

I'd certainly say that for their price they are well worth purchasing

Purchase these pencils here 

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Loose Watercolour & Brusho Dragonfly | Video Tutorial

I love working with brusho and watercolour and here is another piece i created with both. You can see a video speed paint of me in action here...

This is the base layer and i will add fine liner over the top to finish it off in my personal style.

I used Brusho, SAA brushes, SAA watercolour paper and SAA paints to create this piece. 

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Watercolour & Brusho Sunflowers | Video Tutorial

Another new piece from me using Brusho, Watercolour & fine liners. You can see a speed paint video of how i created this here...

I'm loving working in the free flow way with no set plan before i begin. I never really know how a piece will turn out but i'm pleased with this one.

I used Brusho, SAA paints, SAA brushes and SAA watercolour paper for this piece.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Loose Watercolour Florals | Foxgloves

Loose watercolours have always been something i enjoy. Above is the photo (before finished drying) this is a loose watercolour base layer. Next i'll add black fine liner overlays.

To see how i painted this piece take a look at the above video above

Below if the video of the final layer where i add a fine liner overlay.

Inspiration for this piece came from this book

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Brusho Vs Infusions - Which pigment powder is best?

Brusho or Infusions, which is best?

Take a look at my video here to see them in action & find out what I think...

Let me know your opinion, do you prefer Brusho or Infusions? Do you use them in art or craft projects?

Brusho are available here  (Special offer price)

Infusions are available here 

Monday, 24 February 2020

Watercolour & Brusho Elephant : Tutorial

I've been experimenting with Brusho & watercolour again recently. This time with the aim of creating an Elephant!

Part one is available now to watch on my You Tube & here...

Part 2 is also now available, you can see the final stages of the piece here...

I'd love to know what you think of this piece? 

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Watercolour & Pen Hyacinth

I love adding the fine liner layer to my watercolour bases.

I filmed the fine liner overlay process of the hyacinth that i did, you can watch it below to get an idea of how i do what i do.

I'd love to know what you think of this process? Is it something you've tried before?