This tutorial is a sort of "white wash" technique with watercoloring on watercolor paper. Pretty much, all that is different than regular watercoloring, is that you are applying a VERY SMALL amount of color and then leaving MORE areas white or a diluted version of the color. What you end up with is what appears to be a nice crisp, almost "white-washed" looking image. This type of coloring is great for water or ocean themed images, but it can also look great on a country type image.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Waterbrush with water reservoir in handle
- Dye ink based markers
- 90 lb. Canson watercolor paper
- Stamped image in waterproof ink OR printed digital image
Let's get started. I have mostly just shown you the photos of my progress, with a few notes when needed.
Colors I used are Marina mist, Crumb cake, Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, and a little Early Espresso on the feet.
I personally think I added just a tad too much of the peach color, I needed a little less. This would have been much more "white washed" if there was a little less of the peach on the beak. See what you can learn from my mistakes? LOL
After the beaks were finished, and I added just a teeny tiny bit of the marina mist blue color to the tips of the beaks. You can hardly see it and I did not blend it out. Some pelicans have a bit of blue streaks on their beaks, so that is why I did that.
Above you can see that I started with the Crumb cake marker on the pelican body. I just added small amounts of color where I thought there would be shadows or color variation on the feathers. You need to leave A LOT of white areas.
Continue with each line of color on the piling and dock. Make sure your waterbrush doesn't have too much water flowing out. You want it flowing enough to grab color and pull it into the paper, but not so much that is begins to puddle on the paper.
The finished card is pictured in a previous post HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping in today! I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial and I hope you are inspired to create!