I have been having so much fun playing with watercolour this week, and the ‘sea’ seemed the perfect imagery for it! Admittedly, I got a little carried away with this one. It was originally only going to be blue and white. But then I decided I needed a shoreline, and then some sand, and then a sunset, and then some elements on the sand and then some birds in the sky… yes, it evolved beyond the brief. Nonetheless, it was fun to make.
I started by applying my darker blues near the horizon, and applied lighter tones as I approached the shoreline. I then left a white ‘space’ to signify the sea foam before I applied my browns.
Originally, the sky was pale blue. It felt a bit cold, so I decided to add a sunset. It felt far more balmy after that, so an umbrella and beach ball were added to the foreground, and some birds to the background, with the aid of my markers. I waited for my paper to dry before adding those. Some white highlights were added to the beach ball and umbrella with my Chalk Marker. I was soooo tempted to add some Wink of Stella, but refrained at the last minute.
Once everything was dry, I added the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed it.
The panel was then mounted to my base card with some foam tape. It took three attempts to line it up straight, but we won’t dwell on that.
There are definitely things that I would do differently next time, but overall, I am happy with the result. I know I’ve said it before, but I love the unpredictability of the water colour technique. I love that you can re-create the same piece with relative ease, but know that each one will be unique as a result of the medium you have used to create it.
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