Monday, July 15, 2019

Add Shine to a Watercolor Image

Hello friends!

I had some water-coloring fun with this whimsical image from Penny Black.
This new bird image is not the realistic kind and I was not sure about using it....
However, that all changed once I saw the beautiful sample that the uber talented Jill Foster created.
(see below)

I attempted my water-coloring of the birdie and the result is better than what I had expected!
I always inked up the lightest color (such as Antique Linen) and started coloring. 
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These days, my go-to colors seem to be the yellow and orange combo.
That was what I did with the birdie with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor.
I then added a bit of red and pink.... 
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It's hard to see the shine from the birdie. But I want to mention that there are many types of Metallic watercolor out there. 

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I don't know if there is a rule about the order of coloring. I started with the body first and then gradually color the entire bird. Once the main object is nearly finished, I worked on the other area, such as leaves, berries and branches. 

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The last part will be the background. Of course, I waited till the main images are all nearly dry.
I added gold sheen with Kuretake Metallic Watercolor. I also use Prima Marketing Watercolor as well. All the products are listed below. These are fairly inexpensive and are great for add-on with your existing watercolor media.

The last part was to frame this darling image. The new Leaf Stitched Frame Dies are perfect for this. I used TWO dies and used the cut out for the frame.
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Thanks so much for stopping by!


MadeByMeghanK said...

Oooo metallic watercolor?!?! COOL!

Purple Princess said...

beautiful colors!!

Cindy C. said...

Sweet bird, the colors are so vibrant!! said...

This is gorgeous and the colouring great!
Has the little bird got a grin on his face!!!

Sue D said...

Very pretty. I like the framing and your choice of colors.

Linda BL said...

The Leaf Stitched Frame Die was the perfect thing to set off your darling little bird.

Patti H. said...

Awesome little bird, Virginia, & the frame is the perfect touch!

Barbara said...

Love this little bird from Penny Black because it is so whimsical. Your beautiful coloring made it more so. I have some Twinkling H2O's watercolors and would probably use those to create the shine.

Denise Bryant said...

Sweet image! Love the way you colored the bird and the background! Pretty frame die also with that delicate design!

Virginia L. said...

Thanks so much for your TWEET comments! :)
Barbara, you sure can use something like H2O( or Vanilla Perfect Pearls) to add the shine! Thanks for mentioning it!

Maura said...

This is fabulous, Virginia!! I thought maybe, just maybe this was one bird image that I could pass up.....until I saw this card!!!!!!!!!! LOVE, LOVE it!!!

conil said...

Pretty bird...everything in this scene looks gorgeous. I'll bet in real life it really glows.

Dawn T said...

What a stunning card Virginia. I can just imagine the shimmer from the metallic watercolours. A really beautiful bird.