When Markers and Paints Collide

Butterfly in sepia and turquoise green
Butterfly in sepia and turquoise green

I have had such fun lately combining watercolor markers and traditional watercolor paints to see what effects it would have. The markers I use, which are by Windsor and Newton, have two tips.  The smaller tip offers very precise control, so I use it to draw an initial outline and then follow up with the longer, brushlike tip to add in some thicker and more “wispy” shapes. Once the initial sketch is complete, I start going over it with a very wet brush to force some of the color to bleed.  The outline stays very strong, as you can see from the pictures in this post, so it’s nice if you really want to draw attention to shapes and lines.  I end things by adding traditional watercolor where I want a punch of color, allowing it to mix and mingle with the marker tones.  Give it a try if you are looking to experience watercolor in a fun and modern way!

(All pieces pictured here are available in my shop on Etsy!)

Butterfly in watercolor paints and marker
watercolor butterfly in sepia and orange
close up of watercolor dragonfly
close up of watercolor dragonfly
dragonfly wing in watercolor
dragonfly wing in watercolor

The Patriot

Finally finished my latest large work, “The Patriot”.  This has been my most ambitious project to date, and I learned a lot doing this piece, especially about color blending and working with straight black and white.  This boy is definitely proud to be an American, and I am so proud I got to create him!!!

Bald Eagle bleeding red, white and blue
Bald Eagle in watercolor

Watercolour on canvas

One of the things that is SO fun about art is experimentation. New techniques, new mediums, and in this case, new surfaces all can make something familiar turn even more exciting!

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I love watercolour. I love the runs, dribbles and happy accidents, but what I don’t like is the traditional way you have to present it. I feel that glass and the mount, puts a barrier between the viewer and the image. Of course you can tweak this by using a modern frame and choosing both frame and mount to set off your image. It is certainly true that good framing can enhance a mediocre painting. You could use a float frame, which at least gets rid of the mount and suits some subjects.

But I have been wanting to experiment with watercolour on canvas for a while. In fact I got round to priming three canvases with different medium to do a scientific experiment back at Christmas. I know, Christmas. What can I say? I’ve been busy. On the plus side, at least they are dry.

KODAK Digital Still Camera Canvas Cow

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Quote of the Day

photo by Barry Taylor  Manchester United Kingdown
photo by Barry Taylor Manchester UK

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

– Edgar Degas

Face Time

bald eagle painted in watercolor
bald eagle painted in watercolor

I spent last night working on my large eagle painting.  His face got some color, I softened the blacks where I had drawn in watercolor pencil, and I worked some strokes up from his collar area so that it starts looking like there are separate feathers.  There are lots of details left to add (and a big, “watercolory” surprise at the end), but I am getting excited about the look of this guy.  I am trying not to get too excited, as painting one of our national symbols comes with a lot of responsibility and I don’t want to overthink or become too fussy, but yeah, I am excited with a side order of calmness. Hopefully there will be more paint and coffee flowing tonight!