Ceremonial Elephant – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical pens and Miya Gouache & Van Gogh Interference on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Postcard Rough.

My hubby asked me to paint a ceremonial elephant for one of his co-workers who was leaving. Normally, I don’t do commissions but this guy has me wrapped around his finger, lol.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Miya Himi Gouache Paint Set, 18 Colors 

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Van Gogh Speciality Palette 

MIYA Solid Water Colors Palette-18 Colors   (review)

Forest Fire in Abstract


Artwork- Miya Gouache & Van Gogh Interference on Adirondack Alcohol Ink paper

A friend of mine gave me a piece of Ranger’s black cardstock that is formulated for alcohol ink. It has a strange surface – almost rubbery to the feel. I used gouache and my friend used watercolor. The color showed up pretty well, but I did have trouble with streaks and my sunset turned into a more of a forest fire, lol. And that strange manlike creature. He must be a firefighter!

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Miya Himi Gouache Paint Set, 18 Colors 

Adirondack Alcohol Ink paper

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

MIYA Solid Water Colors Palette-18 Colors   (review)

Princeton Aqua Elite Series 4850 Synthetic Kolinsky Sable Round, Size 10

 

Manatee – Pencil to Paint Tutorial


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical pens and Miya Gouache & Van Gogh Interference on Hahnemühle Burgund Watercolor Postcard Rough. Photo reference from extrabrandt on Pixabay.

Did you know that the Manatee is also known as a sea cow, but is more closely related to the elephant? Doesn’t it seem sometimes, that every strange looking animal is related to the elephant?

This painting is what is known as a ‘line and wash’ because it is drawn in pen first and then painted with watercolor.

Before You Start

Sunlight streaming through water evokes such a serene feeling and it’s something that I love to paint. By human standards of beauty, the manatee is an ugly beast, but in the ocean surrounds they have poetry. I wanted to capture a bit of that.

The manatee has a textured skin, and water ripples, so I chose one of Hahnemühle’s rough textured postcards.

Pencil

(This scan is darkened so you can see the pencil lines. You should pencil lines in lightly)

The shape of the manatee’s head is very simple, so I drew it freehand, mostly to make sure it fit the postcard, and to capture placement of the eye nose, mouth and some of the shadows.

Not sure if you’re up to drawing this? Art Tutor has a great grid program that will help by applying a grid to your uploaded photo. You can also crop and adjust color and value.

Pen

After inking the outlines, eye, nose and mouth, I used a masking fluid pen to reserve the white of the postcard.

Sometimes, I use a white gel pen after painting to add white, because it can be difficult to reserve it in a painting this size. But the white of the paper gives you a softer, yet more vibrant white. I chose to go this route because the light in this painting is important.

Paint

It only took a few moments to paint this, possibly because I had a strong idea of what I wanted.

Timing was important. I painted the manatee by dropping watery mixes of Ultramarine Blue and Purple onto the page letting the colors run together. When they had dried for a few minutes, but were still wet, I dropped in the creamier darker mix of Ultramarine Blue for the shadows. I wanted the darker color to run into the lighter color, but not enough to lose intensity.

I used Tehran (Cerulean Blue) to paint the water and after a few seconds, I dabbed at it with a kleenex to get texture.

Once it was all completely dry, I removed the masking fluid. Sometimes, I use a damp brush to soften the edges of the white or to pull color into it. Not this time. I felt the hard edges suited the feeling of light catching the texture of the manatee’s skin.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Miya Himi Gouache Paint Set, 18 Colors 

Van Gogh Speciality Palette 

Hahnemuhle Burgund Watercolor Postcard Rough 120lb  (review)

Molotow GRAFX Masking Fluid Pump Marker, 2mm

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Purple Cow – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Burgund Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Dagger Elite Size 3/8 in. Photo courtesy of 1195798 on Pixabay.

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Today, my hubby took a purple cow in his lunchbag.

The Doodlewash prompt for today is ‘Simple Pleasures’. I’ve always enjoyed silly little poems like ‘Purple Cow’, and that is about as simple a pleasure as you’ll ever find, lol.

(Reflections on a Mythic Beast Who’s Quite Remarkable, at Least.)

I never saw a purple cow
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!

by Gelett Burgess

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Burgund Rough Watercolor Postcards

Princeton Series 4850 Aqua Elite Dagger Striper 3/8 in

QoR Watercolor 11ml tube:

 

 

Metallic Beet Red


Artwork- Zebra Metallic Brush Pen in a Hahnemühle Black Book.

If you are here for Life Imitates Doodles giveaway #18, you can find it here. My Chipmunk-Pencil to Paint tutorial can be found here.

Doodlewash prompt Beet Red.

Beets are often more of a dusty purply-red than red-red so I thought the metallic pens would work well for them.  Only – not so much.   So I kind of have radioactive glowing beets.  That’s fine with me.  I never eat them anyway, lol.

Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore 

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Blue Moon Kitty


If you are here for Life Imitates Doodles giveaway #18, you can find it here. My Chipmunk-Pencil to Paint tutorial can be found here.

Today, my hubby took an unhappy kitty in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt: Blue Moon

Poor kitty left out, blue from cold and feeling blue.

Artwork-Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pen in Hahnemühle black book

Wanna buy some of these cool toys now?

Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore 

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Metallic Red Tape


Artwork- Zebra Metallic Brush Pen in a Hahnemühle Black Book. Reference photo courtesy of REDioACTIVE on Pixabay.

If you are here for Life Imitates Doodles giveaway #18, you can find it here. My Chipmunk-Pencil to Paint tutorial can be found here.

Doodlewash prompt Red Tape.

I know – the metallic red looks more pink than red, but I’ve discovered these black paper drawings are sooooo quick and I was in a hurry, so pinky metallic red tape it is!   

Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore 

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens