|10" x 7" ink & watercolor in Handbook Field Watercolor Journal. Drawn with a Platinum Carbon fountain pen filled with Platinum Carbon black ink.|
When it came time to paint the sketch, I decided to give the whole page a base wash of color. I wet the entire page with clear water, then brushed on streaks of primary colors (Permanent Rose, Ultramarine Blue, and Yellow Ochre). Tilting the page, I allowed the colors to run and blend, spraying with a fine mist of water when I wanted the color to move more. When I was pleased with the look of the wash, I let it dry completely.
I like how a colorful underwash unifies a page. It also serves as the lightest color for some of the objects on the page. So when you begin painting your sketch, some of the work is already done for you. All you have to do is add the mid-tones and darks.
I usually save the border design for last, so I can choose a style that complements my sketch. This time I chose a Zentangle design that I found on Pinterest. I drew it with my Platinum Carbon fountain pen, then painted it with the same colors I had used in my sketch. It coordinates with the sketch but still provides enough contrast to frame it nicely.
And now, here's a reminder about the DECEMBER GIVEAWAY...
You can enter for a chance to win a set of five American Journey Interlocked Synthetic Brushes (a $38.69 value) plus a handy Cheap Joe's Folding Brush Holder (a $14.69 value) to keep them all in, courtesy of the friendly folks at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff.
To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on one or all of the seven sketches I'll be posting between November 27 and December 3. Yes, you may enter multiple times!
The drawing will be held on December 7, 2016.
Each day I'll ask a question that you can answer in the comments, if you like. It's a good way for us to get to know one another. The question for today is...
What is your favorite way to be creative?
(Cooking, painting, gardening, sewing...?)
Leave a comment below. Good luck!