Watercolor Pokemon

Here’s the latest in my water coloring journey and clueless mentor to small pliable minds… this time the subject was Pokémon. But to be honest, I have no clue which ones unless it was one of the traditional classic starters. So in this case unknown with Bulbasaur sitting enjoy the night sky.

Mine is on the left and hers is on the right. I think she did an amazing job! We used Grumbacher Academy watercolor tubes on Strathmore cold press 140# paper.
Here’s another one we did together using Grumbacher Academy watercolor tubes. Mine is above and I used Strathmore cold press 140# paper and she used Strathmore hot press paper. The umbrella girl was inspired from another artist in color choices. The last part of the panel I gave up on because I was having a hard time with the white part of the waves. I’ll have to practice that another time.

Watercolor Practice

I really have no clue on how to watercolor property but I’m studying and watching lots and lots of videos. It seems easy when I watch someone else do it but I haven’t found the right combination for me to make it work the way I want. Especially the wet on wet techniques where I see the colors spread it amazing details. Ah, but alas, at least someone in my house thinks I’m a pro and has asked me to teach her.

Top and right are ones that she made and I think she’s picking it very nicely! I did the one on the left from a tutorial from either YouTube or Artist’s Network TV. I thought I had it bookmarked so I’m sorry I lost that. We used the Winsor and Newton half pan travel set on the scenes and she used Grumbacher Academy watercolor tubes.
This next one was on Craft Perfect by Tonic Studios Watercolor Card cold press paper with a Winsor and Newton half pan travel set. Top is mine and bottom is hers.
Here’s one I did using Strathmore cold press paper and the W&N travel set. I was specifically trying to get that wet on wet color spread and mixing on the paper. Same with the one below.

More Danielle Donaldson Creative Watercolor

I’ve continued to work through the book The Art of Creative Watercolor by Danielle Donaldson. Here are some more creations from her book that I’ve mimicked using different papers and different watercolor mediums.

This one was done with Karin Brush watercolor markers on Fluid Hot Press 140# paper.
Done with Winsor & Newton 1/2 pan travel set on the same Fluid Hot Press 140# paper.
Also done with on the Fluid Hot Press 140# paper but with GenCrafts Brush watercolor markers.
More done on the Fluid Hot Press 140# paper, left with Arteza Brush Markers, middle with Winsor & Newton 1/2 pan set and right with Karin Brush Markers.
This last one was using Strathmore Mixed Media 184# paper and Winsor & Newton half pans travel set.

Pink Ostrich and Colorless Flamingo

Still trying to figure out my watercolor vibes but this time I’ve upgraded to Arches hot press paper that Jennifer shared with me. I immediately noticed a huge difference and was a lot more relaxed when using it. I’ll have to put some of that stuff on my wish list!!

This was colored with Karin watercolor brush markers using a pallet tray and watercolor brush. It was inspired by some photos I took at the zoo except for this ostrich I decided to give him a big ol’ Adam’s apple. “Gulp! Why am I pink?”
His companion was also inspired by my zoo visit and I decided to color this flamingo in ostrich colors. I gave it a little character in the eyes and can image her saying “Well what, how’d that happen?!”
Not everything turns out and this is just an example of some of my frustrations as I figure this watercolor thing out. This is on cold press paper and three different mediums. Not one of my favorites but it’s part of my stepping stone process to learning more.

Dragon Pull My Finger

I wanted to show some of my past watercolor attempts which were from a few weeks ago. This one features Dragon Pull My Finger rubber stamp from Whimsy Stamps. I love the images by Dustin Pike and his dragons are so easy to color…even if it is with watercolors.

Colored with Karin Brushmarker Pro watercolors on Craft Perfect cold press 300gsm paper.

I would say I had some difficulty with the watercolors, paper, brush or something. As you can see on the hand and the lamp, I tried to blend too much on the paper and scrubbed the paper away. Overall, it was somewhat frustrating and I wanted it to be more defined. So I pulled out the colored pencils and did some touch up work.

Touch up with Polychromos colored pencils and a white gel pen.

I like this result much better and felt that I salvaged the image. I can still see where the blue brush marker was used to color the sky in the background so I’ve been watching out for that to avoid. In the before and after, I can definitely see a difference on the eyes, tummy and lamp.

Watercolor Failures of a Winter Scene

I had seen a gorgeous loose watercolor painting of a winter scene with aspen trees and was very inspired by it. I thought, that should be easy. Right?! Well, not so much for me with watercolors at the moment. I sketched out the image and tried a wet on wet technique. Then I didn’t let it dry long enough and proceed to add some details – and well, you can see how that went.

This was done with Karin Brushmarker Pro watercolor markers on Craft Perfect Watercolor Card 300 gsm cold press.

In hindsight, I can see areas where there was something good going on so it’s not all that bad. I did slightly learn from it so that’s a plus. I’ll have to revisit something like this in the future and see how much I’ve progressed. It’ll be a doozy of a before and after, I’m sure.

Bob the Cow

This is Bob. Say Hi to bob. He like salty things and standing in the sun. I like Bob. I actually met Bob on the farm while visiting a friend. However, believe me that Bob in real life was a lot more interesting, albeit not as colorful.

For this image, I sketched out my image lightly with pencil then continued to experiment using the Karin Brushmarker Pro watercolor markers. I mainly created a pool of ink then used a watercolor brush to the paper. The white highlights were a combination of a gel pen and white gesso.

Danielle Donaldson Creative Watercolor

I’ve been getting into watercolor and one of the books I came across was The Art of Creative Watercolor by Danielle Donaldson. She has a fun whimsical style that I like and thought that was a good place to dabble. One of the things she draws are wonky people she calls “Littles” so in this project, I picked out a few of my favorites to color. Some of these are altered or combined but mostly are mostly examples from the book.

Colored with GenCraft Brush Watercolor Markers on Strathmore Cold Press 140# paper.
This one was colored with Brea Reese Watercolor Creams on the same paper, of course.
This Little was colored with Karin Brushmarker Pro watercolor markers, with a direct to paper technique where I wet the paper then touched it with the marker and spread it around with a brush.
The Little on the left was also colored with Karin Brushmarker Pro watercolor markers but it was done with an indirect method – the ink was dispensed on a mixing tray first then picked up with the brush and applied to the paper. The Little on the right was done with the Winsor & Newton half pan watercolor 14-ct travel set.

Here’s the group of Littles all together. I went back in and fixed the blotch on the troll’s shirt then darkened the lines in some places, used a white gel pen and splattered colored water to finish. I didn’t enjoy working with the Brea Reese Watercolor Creams so I’ll skip those the next time. The rest are still on the table and I’ll try this again with another sheet of Littles.

Create A Scene – Forest

I’m using the DoveArt line of stamps Create A Scene Forest to put together a quick winter scene. Seeings how cold it is for me right now, I thought this would be fitting. The stamp was embossed in black then I used the Karin Brushmarker watercolor markers to color the background and some shadows.

The white snow was created with a Marvy Snow Marker then heat set to puff it up. The sentiment is a Make it Crafty chipboard embellishment colored with Copic Markers. The background layer of paper was also colored with Copic Markers.

You can find most of these products at Whimsy Stamps:

Stamp: Create a Scene – Forest
Sentiment: Make it Crafty Chipboard Elements

Out of This World

Here’s another galaxy background I tried out and this one uses Distress Inks and the round sponge. Thank you to Chrissy (Chrissyd723) for pointing me to the YouTube tutorial.  This technique was less frustrating than the watercolor but it was significantly more time consuming.  However, either one, I liked the results.

These are the Copic markers I used on Out of This World:
E30, 31, 37
YG17, 23
BG45, 11
Y35, 11
V20, 25
YR09, 12, Y32
R17, 46
C0, 3, 7
W7, 5, 2
This is a card idea by Chari Moss which is featured in the Lawn Fawn store gallery.