Thursday, 16 July 2015

Nature's little treasures in aquarel






Besides coloured pencil I also love painting with aquarel paint.
I don't paint as often as I colour with pencils but I do it on a regular basis.

I love taking my little aquarel set with me when I'm on vacation and sketch and paint a little after finding little treasures in nature.



I'm using Winsor & Newton Cotman paint. It is a watercolour paint of pretty good quality and it is affordable. This paint is not a professional quality but it is good enough for me. The colours are vibrant and strong.


               


Cotman paint is available in both small pans and tubes.
I bought tubes but pans work very well too.

I always start with a sketch. I use a 2H graphite pencil for sketching.
Then I mix the paints to get the right colours and then I use very little paint to colour the sketch.
Most of the time I use a very small red sable brush and a small filbert brush. I have larger brushes but I like the little ones more.



A couple of years ago I also started to paint my nieces and nephews with watercolour paint. My parents now have a small painting of every grand-child in their home.
Here are four of my nephews and nieces:



I'm planning on making a video about painting children's portraits like these ones. It is not that difficult and I think with a little video as a tutorial you can do it too!

My favourite watercolour paper is Hahnemühle Quattro. The paper has a fine structure that I just absolutely love! It is quite expensive, though. But I don't care, the paper is such a joy to paint on!
I also have other types of very nice paper but the Hahnemühle series really stand out. 


         









2 comments:

  1. Do you think you could use these kinds of watercolors inside of Johanna Basford's coloring books?

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    1. The paper in my Secret Garden copy is pretty thin, so I won't try it there. However, if the paper in your copy is thicker, you can try it. As long as you do not use a lot of water, it might work. I tried it in my Enchanted Forest copy but the paper is very smooth which is not optimal for aquarel paint. It didn't give me the results I was looking for.

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