Monday, April 9, 2012

First Project DONE

I have officially started my 21 Secrets workshop!  I am starting with one of my fave artists out there, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and her "Wonderful Watercolors" workshop!  I only have ever used pan watercolours before and in Julie instructions she explains liquid water colours and showed how they are used ... I headed out to Deserres this past weekend and decided to give it a go!  I LOVE IT!  What a different feel than watercolour crayons!

Anyways, here is the pic of what I made (it started as a practice page and my niece loved it so much that I turned it into a mini piece for her!)

the crystal laquer has not quite dried yet so there is a cloudy look to the letters.  Once it dries it'll be entirely clear!  So I sketched out some flowers (my fave thing to draw) and went at them with a wack of different bright colours.  I used some of the techniques that were explained .. I wicked the watercolours together, toned them in, blended .. etc!  Once dried, took some charcoal and fingers smudged the edges.  I then took my calig pen nibs and ink and drew some tiny dots to accent the flowers.  I hand wrote her name and went over it with black ink, outlining in white!  Cut it out and glossed over!  I also took a black watercolour crayon around the edges!

Very happy with how it turned out!  Have a couple of more things I want to make before I move on to another workshop!

TFL! :)



Introverted Art said...

Rachel, congratulations on your very first 21 Secrets project. You are stating out on a right foot because this is so adorable.

morningDove said...

let me try again, blogger being weird today. love your first piece of art and how wonderful your neiece loved it so much it became a gift to her.

Natasha said...

This is fantastic!! I LOVE the colors you used and the flowers look sensational!!

bellefrogworks said...

Gorgeous flowers!!