Molly the Red Heeler

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MOLLY – WATERCOLOUR
ARCHES 185GSM WATERCOLOUR PAD
KOH-I-NOOR WATERCOLOUR DISCS

I had the pleasure of doing another wedding gift commission a month ago, I wanted to post it sooner but I was worried the bride would see the post before receiving it!

I was requested to paint a portrait of the bride and grooms’ red heeler named Molly. They adore their pupper and after stalking Molly’s instagram account I can totally see why, she’s a gorgeous pup with such personality!

This was definitely a challenging project as it was my first portrait and I wanted to make sure the resemblance was there. It took 4 attempts to get it right but I was so happy with the final piece. I even kept a little copy for myself!

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Reef – Negative Space

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REEF -WATERCOLOUR
CANSON 300GSM WATERCOLOUR PAD
KOH-I-NOOR WATERCOLOUR DISCS

This is a little practice piece I did to apply some negative space painting to an underwater scene. Most of my negative space paintings have been of animals or serving as a background so I wanted to try painting a scene using this technique.

The technique looks very subtle here, compared to my other paintings with this technique. This may be because I also mixed in some positive space when painting the green seaweed and small schools of fish. Or maybe it’s because I was a little buggered last week and so this wasn’t one of my most enthusiastic paintings.

It looks nice enough though and practice is always good so nothing wasted here! I will probably re-visit this idea when I have more energy. Maybe after my wedding?

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Crappy Paper – Floral Edition

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Spring has sprung down under and my hayfever has truly kicked in. Curse my allergies.

Although spring tortures my sinus I do love the colourful yet deadly blooms it spawns. In light of this please enjoy some floral doodles.

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As mentioned in the post title, these were painted on some crappy paper in one of my sketch books. And although the paper buckles and warps like crazy, the colours look so good I could cry!

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Wedding Project – Save the Dates

 

In my earlier posts I mentioned that I am getting married in March next year. I wanted to do quite a few DIY wedding projects to save some dollarydoos and then post them on the blog for all you other soon to be brides.

The DIY project I was most excited about was making my own crepe paper flowers for bouquets and centrepieces. Nine crepe paper peonies later I decided to abort that plan. As pretty as they were they just didn’t have the look I wanted and so I opted for fresh flowers instead. Shout out to my sister for footing the bill on that one, you are my floral saviour.

The only wedding DIY project I have done so far were our mini canvas and easel save the dates. My partner found this project over at Brooklyn Bride and we both thought it was a pretty cool idea, you can find the project and instructions in the link. I put the text together on Photoshop and printed them off at home, and we bought a bunch of mini canvases and easels off Ebay. It was a super easy project (although a little time consuming) and only cost us about AU$80 all up.This includes the cardboard I used to make the custom fit boxes too.

So there you go, a reasonably cheap and super cute DIY project that could be used for anything really!

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This Bird Ain’t Winging It.

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BLUE BIRD IN GRASS-WATERCOLOUR
REEVES 300GSM WATERCOLOUR PAD
KOH-I-NOOR WATERCOLOUR DISCS

This is another practice piece I did for the commission I mentioned in a previous post. This ended up being the client’s choice but the piece was going to be on an A2 watercolour sheet, which was the biggest I’d done so far.

Now I’ll just mention that I am currently saving for an apartment so I’m not exactly rolling in dollary-doos and to me large watercolour pads are bloody expensive! Doing this practice piece ensured that I knew exactly what I was doing when I put that first stroke on the A2 sheet. There was no way that I’d wing it on this paper because GOOD LORD IF I WASTE A SHEET OF THIS PAD A LITTLE PIECE OF ME WILL DIE.

Anyway, I finished the A2 version without a hiccup. Once it’s framed I’ll post a photo but for the moment it is currently sitting under a tonne of books and weights as I’m trying to flatten the sucker out. On that note I’d like to ask all you other painters out there how you keep your paper as flat as possible? I tape my sheets down but I want it flatter! So tell me, what works for you?

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Quick Little Birdy

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CANSON 300GSM WATERCOLOUR PAD
KOH-I-NOOR WATERCOLOUR DISCS

This was a super quick painting I did while playing around with ideas for a commissioned piece. I was asked to use shades of blue and green but as I don’t tend to use a lot of green in my work I wanted to get a better handle of how to use it and make it pop. I kept it nice and loose with a lot of wet on wet to get colours flowing. Added a sprinkling of white gel pen stars and BAM – speed painting complete!

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