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

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Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

5 thoughts on “Sea Turtle-Postcards for the Lunch Bag

  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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