Friday 19 April 2024

Watercolour painting with Distress Watercolor Pencils on Botanical Collage Tissue Paper

A second project for Country View Challenges on FaceBook and the theme for  April is still Flower Power 

I have created another panel for my Distres Watercolour Pencils (DWPs) Sketchbook.


I used an old Tim Holtz die called 'File Tabs' to cut the top of a piece of white card and adhered a piece of the botanical tissue paper with decoupage matte glue. Using a water brush the images and background were painted with the distress watercolour pencils using both a palette and taking colour direct from the pencils themselves.

I altered the photobooth picture of the lady using the DWPs so that it reflected the colours of the flowers and berries and helped her to look as though she belonged on the  panel. As the surface of the photo was shiny the watercolours didn't want to blend and lay on the surface so I gave it a coat of matte medium first.

The little collage adds interest and completes the panel. It also uses a number of Tim Holtz products.



Tim Holtz - Collage Paper - Botanical

    Water Brush

Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils - Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Villainous Potion, Wilted Violet, White, Abandoned Coral, Fossilised Amber, Evergreen Bough, Lucky Clover, Shaded Lilac, Victorian Velvet

Tim Holtz Photo Booth

Tim Holtz Snippets - Curator, Number Strips, Field Notes

Tim Holtz Paper - Distress Range

Tim Holtz - Remnant Rubs

Matte Medium

Thursday 11 April 2024

Flower Collage Dandelion Seed Head

 Hand Drawn Flower displayed with collage

Workshop Country View Crafts 2023 Deconstruct - Reconstruct

I am playing catch up keeping a record here of the samples I created for my workshop last year.

This is Flower Collage 1, it is actually a Dandelion seed head (clock).

We started  by looking at photos of the Dandelion clock and carefully unpicked the structure of the flower drawing each piece of it individually.

I then sketched and inked up the picture....

... and made a distress ink background and drew it again and painted in the leaves using the distress inks.

Finally I created the collage around it and displayed it in a black paper art book.

I have several more of these to come as I made lots of samples to give the participants a variety of collages as inspiration for putting theirs together.


Friday 5 April 2024

Watercolour Play Album - Birch Trees

 I had watched a video of someone painting Birch trees and I really wanted to have a go. I found a photo on-line but neither the bases nor the tops of the trees were included, it was a mid-shot.

I took some time observing the tree trunks and trying to get a feel of the bark and I wanted to give a suggestion of some landscape around them.

I added some grasses at the bottom of the painting which then became the bases of the trees! I realised, when I'd finished, this didn't work as I had them all lined up like soldiers. Realistically they would be separated out as they must have been if we'd actually seen the bases of the trees themselves in the photo. The perspective is all wrong! - a learning curve to check out in the future.

But I still like the feel of the painting and am quite pleased with the tree trunks.


Wednesday 3 April 2024

Watercolour painting with Distress Watercolor Pencils

Coneflower or Echinacea

Set up with under drawing on smooth watercolour paper and pink colours mixed on my palette.

Wet on wet using the pink colours and clean water. I'm not yet at a stage where I can mix colours on a brush to achieve variations so I use different brush for each colour and mix with water. This was left to dry naturally as I didn't want the colours moved about more by drying with a heat gun.

As each layer progressed so the painting emerged ......

I finished off my painting by using black Uni-Ball pens to outline and add some squiggles for more interest.

If you are here visiting me, thank you for stopping by.



Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor pencils Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick,Candied Apple, Blueprint Sketch, Back Soot, Mowed Lawn, Bundled Sage, Rustic Wilderness, Wild Honey, Chipped Sapphire.

Watercolour brushes sizes 4,6,8 and 10.

UniPin Fineliner Pens Black 0,1, 0.5, and 0.8