I promised you another art journal post this week...
Quote: A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated, or being perfect. It is about being real, being humble, being strong, and being able to share ourselves with others. -unknown
I started with the pencil sketch. It's a composite of several different photos I've taken. I keep a library of them and reference pieces of them to create a new composition.
The entire page was painted using Twinkling H2Os by Luminarte. I washed in the color of the New Guinea impatiens and coral bells (at least that's what I think they are).
I used Faber Castel Polychromos pencils to begin the foliage, butterfly and yellow wildflowers.
I began adding color and shading to the foliage with Twinkling H2Os (luminescent watercolors).
I deepened the shading on the foliage. I worked the ground by first adding a wash of color. I used colored pencil in a deeper shade over the first wash. Using a still deeper shade of brown, I shaded under the foliage.
I painted the centers of the yellow wildflowers and the butterfly with a medium shade of brown. I added some details and shading with a dark brown.
I added the orange tones to the butterfly and painted the tips of the yellow flowers in green. I painted the petals of the yellow flowers and shaded them with a deeper shade of yellow.
I washed in the background and began the linework with FW acrylic inks and a dip pen.
I added line work around the impatiens, yellow flowers and butterfly. I splattered the background with more of the background colors.
At this point, I added white linework with a Sakura gelly roll pen. I deepened shadows in the foliage with colored pencil. On the leaves lowest to the ground, I glazed over them with a cool blue to help push them back. I also deepened the shadows on the coral bells and impatiens.
When I lettered the quote, I was forced to live the meaning of it :) After finishing the lettering and photographing the page, I discovered that I had misspelled two words. So much for perfection :) A bit of patching and repairing ensued. I used a black Sakura Pigma micron pen, size 08, for the lettering and added gold with a fine brush. For the "A", I painted it in light green and outlined it with a dip pen and purple ink. The vine was also done in acrylic ink, and I painted the leaves with a darker green. Finally, I had a finished page.
I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial. I'll be linking this post to Pink Saturday, Paint Party Friday, and Art Journal Every Day. You can find all of these wonderful events and their participants by clicking on the icons in my right sidebar. Have a delightful and restful weekend.
Until next time,