This past Christmas I was on a tight budget for gifts. My sister told me that she wanted a drawing of a mermaid as her present. It had me thinking about drawing and painting again. Especially since it’s a hobby that I had pretty much given up in recent years. So, I figured there was no time like the present to start practicing and it gave me the idea for gifts for my grandmothers.
Like I has said earlier it had been a few years, so I needed to pick up a few supplies. I ended up buying a few watercolor sets around my birthday from Amazon. Those Prima watercolors had been haunting me on Instagram feeds. I had to see if they were any good! Luckily for me, they are amazing and I love the two sets I have! I bought the Watercolor Confections Pastel Dreams and the Metallic Accents sets.
I also picked up a mobile watercolor set from Koi Watercolors. I figured I would get a few more standard colors in the kit and I’d be able to try out a water brush for the first time. Sadly, I’ve had quite a bit of a learning curve with mine. I still have a major preference for the paint brushes that I had originally. Practice, practice, and even more practice though. I’ll get the hang of that water brush! Determined!
I knew immediately that I wanted to begin practicing with flowers. They’re really easy and I love how much color can be added to them. I began working on my Abuela’s painting first. She loves bright colors and I knew right away that I was going to make hers bold and colorful.
Initially I had only planned on practicing flowers, that’s why hers has so many different kinds of flowers on it. It was supposed to be a practice session! Whoops, it ended up being her actual gift. Haha. Here’s a shot of it as I was waiting for the paint to dry. I don’t know about you, but I tend to drag the edge of my hand as I paint or draw and I smudge everything. I regularly have to take breaks to make sure I let it dry before I smear it all. Bad hand.
After giving it a chance to dry, I started to mix up the greens for the leaves. I should have mixed up more of the bright green that I used at the top. I ran out of it very quickly and just had to keep going with another color before the paint dried on me. Gotta learn the hard way sometimes! Once I was happy with the leaves and everything had a chance to fully dry I added the final layer of paint: gouache. Yup, I used M. Graham White Gouache to add some spaces and definition to the leaves and petals. Maybe once I have more practice with watercolors I won’t need this last step as much, but I just love how it looks! Here’s a view of the final version of the painting!
The second painting that I made for my other grandmother ended up being a much softer painting. I used the Prima Watercolors – Pastel Confections exclusively on that one. I’ve inserted a picture below of the second gift painting I made.
It actually occurred to me to sign this one when I was finished! Did you make any gifts for the holidays? Tell me about them!
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