in this class, we’ll go over wave anatomy & color swatches, and do quick studies of different types of seascapes from crashing waves and calm reflections, and learn to create sparkling waters and foam patterns. armed with all these skills, we’ll walk through step by step a completed watercolor seascape!
a watercolor of my dad’s favorite spot for his birthday
& with making all these paintings & drawings i’ve needed to get a new way to organize my pens & brushes. i bought this piece of wood for 25 cents at the thrift store & glued different sized cups to it before spray painting it gold. it works wonderfully !
on the needles, i’m working on a new design in this silk (my favorite color)! soon to be a lacy tee !
the culprit of why it needs re-knitting . . my new baby puppy of the time thought it tasted great. i was devastated at the time but i salvaged most of the yarn (& that face! couldn’t stay angry for long) & am taking it as an opportunity to incorporate some lace that i didn’t think of last time.
i’ve been keeping up with my painting a week challenge, above is “spring”
& “lock” i used micron pens & watercolors for these !
& an ultra-simple project — my mom sent me this phone case that she thought i would like & i decided to make it myself since it seemed so simple! this martha stewart gold paint is really pigmented & not too expensive
i’ve also sped through my cancun lacy top! one of the pieces is blocking & one is just at the cast off edge. i’m totally in love with the yarn i’m using: blue heron rayon metallic. i bought it at vogue knitting live a few years ago, the little specks of gold are perfect !
ever since going to help pick out a wedding dress with one of my closest friends i’ve been obsessed with the magical, seemingly weightless metallic embroidery on tulle. i don’t really have experience in embroidery but that didn’t stop me from gathering up the supplies to try it out! this is my first foray, i just tried out some stitches this time but next time i’m going to draw up my design first. the backing will dissolve in water once i finish !
i was lucky enough to take a trip to cancun, mexico this month! i spent a lot of the time knitting this (soon-to-be lacy summer top) with incredible views !
also in mexico, we went on a day trip to the mayan ruins & i was absolutely kicking myself for not bringing my watercolors but couldn’t resist doing this quick sketch (with a hotel pen on scrap paper . . .) of chichen itza, one of the new wonders of the world !
a friend & i started a “painting a week” challenge — we pick a word each week & use whatever medium we like to portray it & post the result on sundays ! if you’re following my instagram, this will be old news but here are the past few weeks work:
a simple tutorial on how i make my illustrations !
i use watercolor paper, micron pens (waterproof is important), a mechanical pencil, and an eraser. you can start with a reference picture & make a sketch from it or just a concept. i decided to go with bunny love in honor of valentines. i use a mechanical pencil for the beginning sketch for light & erasable lines.
after you have the sketch down, use the smallest pen possible (my smallest is the .01) to retrace your sketch.
erase the pencil marks . . .
& use larger pens to vary line thickness. a nice way to do this is to keep the outside edges darker & thicker while letting the details remain light.
next up, color ! i use this watercolor palette. starting from the shadows and blending out to leave the highlights the color of the paper. there are many tutorials online for learning how to shade but you can also rely on your reference photo or keep the colors flat.
add your final details (i.e. hearts, eyelashes, blades of grass !) & if you feel so inclined, use a white pen to highlight & really make the drawing pop !
if drawing & painting isn’t really your thing but you’d like to give someone some bunny love too, feel free to print & gift this one :