I actually had an entire day in my studio today, and I made good use of it. The sun was so lovely shining through my windows and I couldn't help painting all of the beauty outside. I haven't pulled out my Twinkling H20s lately, and my beautiful spring garden blooms gave me the perfect motivation. The result was a new art journal page.
I straightened my work table and began gathering my supplies.
If you haven't worked with them before, Twinkling H20s, or "Twinks" are watercolors infused with mica particles. They have intense pigmentation and the mica particles capture the light beautifully. After photographing flowers in my garden, I did a light pencil sketch in my journal. I taped around the paper edges with blue painters tape. Then I began loosely basing in the background and flowers.
I layered the colors for variation and interest.
Where my Twinks palette was lacking, I substituted Yarka pan watercolors. They also have deep, rich pigmentation.
I worked in some of the detail in the pansies and began deepening areas of the background. I added some shadow areas in the pansies with Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils.
I added a bit of definition around the petunias and African daisies with colored pencil.
I began adding penwork with a dip pen and F & W Acrylic Inks.
I completed the linework and adjusted some of the values.
I added some white linework for a little sparkle using a Gelly Roll pen.
Finally, I hand wrote the verse with a black Graphic 1 Sakura Pigma Micron Pen. I used a size 08 to shape the lettering a bit. I highlighted the lettering with a white Gelly Roll pen. Voila! A finished art journal page.
It was so wonderful to have an afternoon just to paint. I hope you enjoyed following along. If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them. Have a wonderful day.
Until next time,