I took a break from making paint swatches to work on another project for the Mastering Twinks workshop. It allowed me to work in my art journal and complete my assignment for the workshop. I guess I can do two things at once after all :)
Quote: The great courageous act we must all do is to step out of our history and past so that we can live in our dreams. - Oprah Winfrey
I worked in my Stilman and Birn Zeta series journal. I love the paper! It is 180lb hot pressed watercolor paper and it stands up to just about anything I can do to it. I've never prepped paper for a watercolor painting with gesso, so this was a first. I painted two even coats of gesso onto the paper, allowing the first to dry completely before adding the second. I did my rough drawing with a Derwent watercolor pencil.
I washed in the local color on the pears using Yarka pan watercolor in Lemon Yellow. I left the highlight areas white.
I laid in color with the twinks in Sunflower and overpainted some areas with Poppy Red. I also began working the yellow into the background.
I washed in the leaves with Lemongrass and added hints of it to the pears. I worked Poppy Red into the background.
I deepened the shaded areas of the leaves with Olive Vine. I worked in Mediterranean Blue behind the pears and underneath of them. Then I added Rich Cobalt to the cast shadows of the pears and to the background as well. I glazed areas of the pears with Yellow Rose and also worked it into the background. When using watercolor over gesso, it faded out a bit which is an effect I liked. I added another layer of depth by deepening the color in some of those areas, such as the Poppy Red in the background and the Yellow Rose. I covered the highlight areas on the pears with torn pieces of paper and then splattered with Chestnut. I blotted the splatters with paper towel to soften them a bit and painted the stems in Chestnut. At the bottom, under the pears, I added some wet Poppy Red and lifted the page to allow it to run toward the pears. This helped to direct attention to them. The edges of the red areas of the pears were deepened with Pomegranate.
I glazed areas of the pears with Ginger Peach and also areas of the table and the background. I added the deeper shadows to the leaves with Sweet Alfalfa. I splattered Ginger Peach and Olive Vine. Using Cretacolor Pastel Pencils, I defined the edges of the pears and leaves. I rubbed flat acrylic paint into the highlight areas of the pears to soften the transition of color. I also rubbed it into areas of color transition in the background and on the table.
Finally, I added the deepest shadows in the foliage with Green Tea. I dry brushed reflected light and highlights with white gesso. I penciled in the quote and then inked it with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen, size 08. Using a white, Uniball Signo broad gel pen, I added the highlights to the lettering. I'm in love with this pen! It is completely opaque and it makes an incredibly smooth line without skipping or clogging. At last - the perfect white pen for the art journal!
I can't begin to tell you how inspiring and helpful Dion Dior has been in her workshop. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to develop their skills at painting, drawing, and working with Luminarte's Twinkling H2Os.
I'll be linking this post to Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Every Day. If you click on the icons in my sidebar, it will take you to a list of links to all of the participants. Have a wonderful Friday, my friends. I'm so happy to be able to share my painting adventures with you! If you have any questions, I'd be delighted to answer them. See you again soon.
Until next time,