Hi there, how are you?
Happy Mother’s Day, if it doesn’t apply to your country yet, happy Sunday, I hope you all had a very relaxing weekend.
I decided to make a card for mum with a watercolour painting. All of my photos are in the poorly computer so for reference I used old sketch books. (I have 5 old sketch books now can you believe it!) It’s nice to be getting use out of my old drawings.
I had a play around with the colours and different types of flower; I liked the apple blossom best and after playing around in my sketch book I broke out the watercolour paper, the good stuff not the student grade I normally use.
The first one was on Windsor & Newton 200gsm (90lb) 100% cotton watercolour paper, I like this paper but it is quite thin and needs stretching for very wet washes. It was all going really well till I muffed the background so I started again.
The second one I decided to paint the background first so if I messed it up again I could just turn over the page and not waste too much time.
This was Saunders Waterford 300 gsm (140lb) 100% cotton paper. It’s not as white as the W&N and I hadn’t allowed for that in my colour mixing. I’m not sure if its cold press or rough (it came to me in a set of fancy art papers but it had a Saunders watermark on the edge), again nice paper to use.
I used the second painting for the card in the end, there were parts of both I liked but they wouldn’t both fit on the card, hehehe.
To be honest I liked the sketch better than both paintings, maybe I should try hot press paper?
Thanks for stopping by today. Till next time, have fun x
Note:It wasn’t until I had given the card away that I realised I hadn’t taken a picture so I snapped something quick on my ipod. All of the other pictures in today’s post are a little off from the way the actually look, I’m scanning them with an app on my ipod and it’s blowing out the colours.