i’m so excited to introduce a dream project of mine come to fruition! when australian company bunificent got in touch with me for a bunny watercolor illustration for new product packaging, i jumped at the chance. i’ve been a long-time follower of the adorable butterycups on instagram & a vocal bunny lover for even longer.
i started with a few pencil sketches so the client could pick the expression that works best. i used prima marketing watercolors to get the perfect shades of fawn & cream to build up his fur. the circle around him was replaced with a digital version for a sleeker look.
the paints i used
bunificent specializes in treats, toys, and accessories for small pets. we worked together on a realistic watercolor illustration for a buttercup-inspired hay topper “Featuring Buttercups favourite ingredients: Chamomile flowers, Fennel Seeds, Rose Buds & Calendula Flowers”. my boy pippin (shown below with a quick pencil portrait i did of him) loves their hay toppers & can’t wait to try this one!
view the portfolio page | bunificent.com
i’ve just launched a new class, painting watercolor seascapes! & for just this week, you can take it for free! happy labor day!
free (this week only!): http://skl.sh/2iW1Cxn
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!
hope to see you there!
p.s. check out my other classes, too! learn to paint watercolor crystals,
gearing up for the holiday market f.a.d.weekend market !! i’ll be there with watercolor prints — if you’re in Brooklyn make sure to stop by !!
first, painting of the week updates. above is “silken” in pen & watercolor
“submerge” in oils on canvas
“heat” in watercolors
“frontier” in acrylic
“cracked” in watercolors
& an extra, i’m working on learning a little handlettering. (flowers just for fun !)
on the knitting front — i’ve finished my picot peds! i used the pom pom peds pattern from the purl bee & they’re adorable & fit me so perfectly that i’ve already casted on another pair !
painting of the week update . . above is “soft”
seafoam for “foam”
a niagara falls en plein air . .
plus a wip video !
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 !
still going strong with a painting a week! above is “glide”. this one is only watercolors again, i’m working on that technique.
“hole” : flying through a black hole
“contained” : what i think about every time i see the beautiful gems & geodes inside plain-looking stones — futuristic little cities
& a bonus! these peonies are my part of an art trade i’m doing with @rachel_allene
off the needles . . . i’ve knitted another of my rosebud cord keepers, this time with a simple crocheted flower in place of the knitted one.
& a sneak peek of a deign i just finished . . i’m finishing up the pattern & hope to have it tested & released soon !!
on the needles . . . i casted on the first of the purl bee’s pompom peds in dove grey. in lieu of pom poms, i’m going with a picot cast on. i’ve also been working on this 100% silk (in ballet pink !) in a new design . . i’ve found that i do best to have one project that i’m designing as well as one that i’m just following a pattern, beats any boredom !
i also sewed this bento project bag thanks to this tutorial. the original purpose of this kind of bag was for snacks & things but it is the perfect size to throw in a purse with a pair of socks on the needles !
’tis the season! i used micron pens & watercolors to paint these two cards. one for mothers day (me & my two sisters in her arms !) & one for my favorite college graduate who loves hockey.
& a couple painting-of-the-week updates ! above is “trail”
& “intertwined” (this gold is unbelievable in real life !)
the painting-a-week challenge is still going strong ! above is “flowers” — i tried a little something different & used only watercolor without any pens or pencils with a lot of color.
“peace” — oil on tiny canvases (so cute !!)
“grace” — still-frame ballerinas (just watercolors again!) i also posted a little animation of this one . . .
& on the needles . . . i’m swatching to prepare to re-knit this lovely paper-thin sweater that i started a few summers ago.
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.