Experiments in watercolour painting with Distress Crayons

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After I discovered a patch or grass covered with buttercups while out walking Bentley, I realised although I’d painted sunflowers and daisies before, I’d never attempted to paint buttercups.

I’ve also been thinking that I haven’t used my Distress Crayons much and wondered just how easy it would be to use the crayons to create a watercolour painting of the buttercups. This is the result of my experiment. Click the image below to watch my process.

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I’ve never had a lesson in watercolour painting so I know my attempt is naive but I enjoyed the process, even if the Distress Crayons aren’t the best medium for the job.

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Circle Art Journal Page – Radiate Sunshine

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The recent bout of sunny warm days has got me in the mod for summer and I for one can’t wait for the long warm days to hurry and get here. In the mean time I’ll have to make do with my favourite sunflowers! For this circle art journal page I’ve used a new digital art journal collage kit available now on my website. To view simply click the image below.

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If you’d like to see how the art journal page was put together from start to finish then you can watch the video by clicking the image below here.

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Gansai Tambi Watercolours

I’ve been humming and aahing over the past few months as to whether I actually NEED these beautiful Gansai Tambi Japanese water colours…but NEED has lost out to WANT! I’ve heard such good things about the quality and creaminess of the pigments that I just had to order the 36 colour set as shown in the pictures below and can’t wait for them to arrive!

I’ll do a review of them when they land on my mat!

mike

Dictionary Art Journal – Lepidopterous

IMG_4287I had so nice many comments about my dictionary art journal pages that I do at odd times of the day and night when I’m not usually in a position to film anything. However as so many people have asked I have managed to film this one! It’s only a short film, there’s not a lot to talk about as it’s a simple process but I hope you enjoy the page coming together. This is WK 7 on the Dictionary Art Journalers Facebook group and uses the letter “L”.

mike

Dictionary Art – Weekend Roundup

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I decided to have a lazy Sunday this weekend and so dusted off my large dictionary art journal. Using just Distress Ink Markers and Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush.  I created this page from the “D” section. The Dictionary Art Journalers FB page is now doing weekly letter prompts and this is the one for WK6. I also realised that I hadn’t posted a page I did the previous week for WK5 which is in the “W” section, so you have a double whammy today! The wasp is done with just a black & white outliner pen and Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush.

I don’t know why but I find illustrating these pages so relaxing and the feelings I get while creating them are so different to doing an art journal page with textures and layers.

I guess it’s because these are all one layer that they’re so easy and fun to create!

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