I am trying to improve my watercoloring skills, and so I challenged myself to color a super fun stamp by Whimsy Stamps exclusively (well, mainly) with watercolors. Here’s my result.
For the coloration, I am using only my Gansai Tambi watercolors, but you can use any watercolors you have on hand! I am also taking watercolor courses by Anna Mason, and I’m learning a ton. A lot of things that had caused me frustration in the past can be easily overcome if you just know how.
I started by applying very light washes of color in each section. In this image, it’s easy to spot what goes where, but if you have a more complex images, this might even help you to determine what part of the image you are looking at 🙂
Next, I went into my darkest color (shadows) and applied those (after the base wash had completely dried). From the darkest areas, I then blended out towards the highlights. Once I was done, it was obvious that I needed to darken up the shadows to enhance the contrast, so I went back in with a tiny bit of black.
For the finishing touches, I used my Polychromos pencils on the hair – make sure to keep your pencils very sharp so you can add fine lines. I had the strands drawn in with a tiny brush, but to feather them out, I felt more comfortable with the pencils. Everything else, though, is watercolor only. I created some frames with a die set from Tonic Studios (484e) and my Big Shot.
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you got inspired!