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A Pretty Talent Blog: Watercolours: Lonely Pine Trees Pine Tree Painting, Brown Paint, Watercolours, Art Techniques, Lonely, Art Ideas, Landscapes, Bible, Trees

Watercolours: Lonely Pine Trees

In today's blog I show you how to quickly and effortlessly paint some pine trees. I also do a colour wash for the background and show you how to select particular brushes for particular tasks. The medium we are working in is watercolours. Start with a medium sized round brush and wet your whole background with water. Wash the top 2/3 of the page with blue paint, and the bottom third with brown. Do not worry about the leaking that takes place on the horizon. Stand a small round brush on its…

Chicken Love - A Mixed Media Project Product Review, Some Pictures, Animal Drawings, Decoupage, Decorative Plates, Mixed Media, Arts And Crafts, The Incredibles, Crafty

Chicken Love - A Mixed Media Project

I bought these two large round canvasses a couple of months ago and I could hardly wait to get started on them. Then, quite unexpectedly, my life took a strange turn as the relief post I was teaching in became more fixed. I also had to move house and settle in the town I was now working in, rather than stay in the temporary accommodations I had been occupying. The canvasses took a back seat to all of this. However, things have finally calmed down enough for me to throw myself back into that…

Paint a Gilded Flower in Acrylics Painting Workshop, Tombow, Simple Flowers, Pearl White, Acrylics, Art Lessons, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Blog

Paint a Gilded Flower in Acrylics

Things at work had been rough and a couple of colleagues and I were starting to feel the strain of it all. As we were friends as well as colleagues, I invited them over for a painting workshop where we all had great fun painting a simple flower in acrylics. We also used some gold leaf in the centre of the flower to add a bit of sparkle. Enjoy the art lesson with us in today's blog. We started our project on prepared stretched canvas of 10" x 14". The canvas was stood up on an easel. The…

How to draw: A Parasaurolophus Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Arts And Crafts, Christmas Ornaments, Holiday Decor, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting

How to draw: A Parasaurolophus

I recently went shopping at the famous art shop in Rosebank, Herbert Evans. They were having their annual sale, and a friend and I made an outing of it. When I arrived home with some newly purchased pens, I could hardly wait to put them to the test. My disappointment was great when I discovered that most of the pens I had bought were dry! Today's drawing of a Parasaurolophus was intended to be coloured in a great many shades, but I could simply not get the rest of the pens to work. The…

How to draw: A Spider Drawing Lessons, Animal Drawings, Spider, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Animals

How to draw: A Spider

Today's drawing exercise is a little more interesting, as we will be working on black paper, which we have not done in this series, until now. We will be using a chalk pencil to draw with, and white pens to outline our drawing with. We will then cover most of this white when we use the water-soluble Aquatone we used in a previous blog, to colour the spider. However, this time we use the Aquatone dry! You will need black paper and a white chalk pencil. Start by drawing an oval with an…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Product Test - Faber-Castell Watercolour Tubes Flat Brush, Portrait Sketches, Paint Drying, Faber Castell, Product Review, Watercolor Paper, Color Mixing, Vibrant, Portraits

Product Test - Faber-Castell Watercolour Tubes

Last month I went to Hobby-X 2019 at the Ticket Dome in Johannesburg. I bought a number of fun things and some brand new and unfamiliar. But I also bought some more familiar products, among which was a set of watercolour tubes. This set was produced by Faber-Castell. I could hardly wait to get my hands into all of the new products, but first up were these wonderful watercolours. I decided to blog about this, as watercolours often get a bad rap for not being bright enough. I deliberately…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Cardmaking - Watercolours & Ink: Dancing Couple Dancing Couple, Liquid Ink, Ink Splatter, Dip Pen, Complimentary Colors, Painting Process, Shades Of Yellow, Watercolor And Ink, Watercolours

Cardmaking - Watercolours & Ink: Dancing Couple

Today's blog is a fun one. I show you how to draw your picture in ink with a dipped pen. We then paint the picture in liquid ink. Then we use Derwent Inkbars to continue the painting process. To finish it off, we splatter ink all over the painting. The we have even more fun with it by creating a large A4 sized card from the painting. Use Dala Acrylic Ink and a dip pen to draw the figure of a dancing woman in free flowing lines. Use a flat brush to pain the red ink in the dress. Pink Golden…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Cardmaking: Watercolours & Ink - Free-Flow Flowers Fabric Butterfly, Flower Shape, Watercolor And Ink, Watercolours, Cardmaking, Card Stock, Arts And Crafts, Shapes, Crafty

Cardmaking: Watercolours & Ink - Free-Flow Flowers

Today we allow some drops of ink to run freely onto wet paper. We then turn these shapes into free-form flowers, before turning the end result into a card to be used on a special occasion. Drop some water onto watercolour paper. Shape the water into puddles with rough flower shapes. Drop Dala Acrylic Ink, or another brand you prefer, onto the puddles. The ink will spread into the puddles. You can manipulate the ink with a brush if you prefer, or you can tilt your page to let the ink run…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Cardmaking: Watercolours - Twigs Easy Watercolor, Watercolour Painting, Watercolours, Acrylics, Cardmaking, Vines, Arts And Crafts, Crafty, Drawings

Cardmaking: Watercolours - Twigs

In today's blog, I show you how to make a very simple watercolour painting of two twigs with leaves on them. We then turn this cute little painting into a card to be used for a special occasion. I use a watersoluble grey pencil to start my sketch with, drawing two curved twigs. I then use a combination of water-soluble pencils and a black marker to add leaves to the twigs. I develop both twigs along this vine. Pun intended. Then I paint the leaves with my watercolour set. The completed…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Watercolours: Snowman Drawing Lessons, Watercolours, Bookmarks, Still Life, Cardmaking, Snowman, Arts And Crafts, Drawings, Pretty

Watercolours: Snowman

In today's blog, I show you how easy it is to draw and paint your own snowman in watercolours. I used these in my Christmas cards when I was done, and they were quite a hit. If you believe you can't draw or paint, this is a good project to get you started, as it is super easy. The first step when painting with watercolours, is to drop a droplet of water on each pan of paint to get it slightly moist and wet. I will use Derwent's Aquatone woodless watercolour pencils to draw the snowman with…

Paint an Impressionist Pelican in Acrylics Animal Drawings, Impressionist, Acrylics, Arts And Crafts, Pretty, Artist, Blog, Painting, Animals

Paint an Impressionist Pelican in Acrylics

I am teaching at a school that offers art for seniors. Every so often, the pupils will dump their canvasses in the rubbish. When I see these, I immediately retrieve and recover them. Today's pelican was painted on one of these retrieved canvasses. I show you step by step how to go about painting the pelican yourself. So, this is the canvas I retrieved from the rubbish area. A couple of layers of gesso managed to cover up most of the paint. I started with Payne's Grey and a large palette…

In Studio - Learning the Basics of Oil Colour Painting The Light Is Coming, Flock Of Birds, Different Shades Of Green, Titanium White, Flat Brush, Light Colors, Paint Colors, Landscapes, Oil

In Studio - Learning the Basics of Oil Colour Painting

I recently presented a workshop in learning the basics of oil colour painting to a small class who was brand new to oils, never having tried their hand at the medium before. I took photos of the process and share the step by step process with you in today's blog. We paint a receding mountain range. I start on a 18" x 24" (45cm x 60cm) stretched canvas that has already been primed with gesso. I use a round brush to sketch my picture roughly in Burnt Umber. The canvas is a Pro Art Canvas. I…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Cardmaking: Ink - Romantic Stroll Dip Pen, Watercolor Paper, Cardmaking, Arts And Crafts, Romantic, Ink, Crafty, Artist, Blog

Cardmaking: Ink - Romantic Stroll

Today we take a romantic stroll in the rain. This time I use ink to paint the painting, before turning it into a card. I finish the card with some rhinestones and an embellishment of a cat. I start my painting on a sturdy sheet of A3 watercolour paper. I use Dala Acrylic Ink in Black and a dip pen. I quickly draw the picture I wish to paint. I will be using Derwent Inktrense Blocks to pain the picture. I use my Aqua brush and pain the black sections of the painting first. Then I paint the…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Cardmaking: Watercolours - Yellow Peonies Yellow Peonies, Orange Line, Paint Markers, White Paints, Watercolours, Watercolor Paper, Cardmaking, Arts And Crafts, Crafty

Cardmaking: Watercolours - Yellow Peonies

For this blog, I show you step by step how to paint yellow peonies in watercolours. Then I once again turn this tiny painting into a card. This time I use some flower embellishments to finish the card. I start on a sturdy sheet of watercolour paper with a medium sized brush. I wet my watercolour palette before I start to soften the paint. My paper is only A6 size. I stand the brush on its tip to form the petal. Then I put it down. I paint one petal darker than the rest. Then I add some red…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Cardmaking: Watercolours - Waterfall Water Puddle, Watercolor Pans, Largest Waterfall, Flat Brush, Watercolours, Cardmaking, Arts And Crafts, Crafty, Artist

Cardmaking: Watercolours - Waterfall

In today's blog I show you how to paint a waterfall in watercolours. I do this on a tiny A6 sheet of paper, which I then turn into a card when I am done. I finish the card with some pretty stickers that compliment the scene we've painted. I start today's blog on a very small A6 sturdy watercolour paper sheet. Use a fan brush and some blue from your watercolour pan to paint water puddles. Move the brush from side to side. Drag the brush down to create the first waterfall. Create some more…

A Pretty Talent Blog: Cardmaking - Watercolours & Ink: Pansy Liquid Ink, Shades Of Violet, Dip Pen, White Ink, Watercolor And Ink, Watercolours, Pansies, Cardmaking, Moose Art

Cardmaking - Watercolours & Ink: Pansy

Today I show you how to paint a close-up of a single pansy with a combination of watercolours and ink. We start off by stretching our paper for this painting. When we are done, we once again turn the painting into a card to be saved for a special occasion. Use masking tape to secure your watercolour paper to your surface. I use a watercolour grey pencil to draw the outline of the flower. I start at the centre of the flower. Then I fill in the detail for the petals. I pain the area that will…