Sea Turtle-Postcards for the Lunch Bag

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Today, my hubby took a sea turtle in his lunch bag.

Reference photo courtesty of LeandroDeCarvalho on Pixabay.

Sorry, I didn’t get this done step-by-step. I was trying something a little different and didn’t want to interrupt the flow. I should qualify that this was a little different for me, not watercolor technique in general.

I was trying for a more loose style, which I got, but it didn’t come out quite what I was going for.

I didn’t draw the turtle this time – just started with a wash of Daniel Smith Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Cerulean Blue. I used a da Vinci Casaneo brush, size 8 throughout because it holds a lot of water and releases it nicely. It doesn’t come to the sharpest point, but more than enough of a point for the technique.

After the wash dried, I added some more Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, carving out the shape of the turtle in a negative painting style.

Letting paint dry in between, I kept adding more of the turquoise, cerulean blue, and Sodalite Genuine. For the shell and eye, I used Piemontite Genuine.

I just kept doing this until I was satisfied. After the card was dry, I wet the brush with clean water and lifted color around the turtle to get the appearance of sun shining through the water.

I used da Vinci Watercolor Series 5598 Casaneo Paint Brushes, Round New Wave Synthetics, size 8 and size 6.

You can buy Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards at these places:

Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore

Jerrys Artarama

Wet Paint Artist Materials & Framing

Hyatt’s All Things Creative

You can buy da Vinci Casaneo brushes here:
da Vinci Watercolor Series 5598 Casaneo Paint Brush, Round, Size 8

You can buy Daniel Smith watercolor half-pans here. Pigments can also be bought separately in tubes.

Daniel Smith Blues Half Pan set

Daniel Smith Piemontite Genuine, 15 ml tube


  1. I would send a postcard to Santa Claus the thank him for all the joy he has brought to me and my family over the years!

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