9"x 12" watercolour from Sunday, Dec.18th's painting session
Copyright Barbara Spurll
I took these work-in-progress pictures
while working on pages 4 and 5 of Emma at the Fair,
written by Margriet Ruurs.
I started out with an indigo blue coloured
outline in watercolor to give the objects
Then I added layers of colour until
it got deep and colourful enough.
Oops! The pumpkin got a little too dark and
...so I used some yellow /orange gouache (opaque
watercolor) to lighten it up.
Then I worked on the rest of the picture
working in the same way, building up layer
upon layer of watercolour and/or dye.
In the last 2 frames I added the border.
Notice on the left hand side I did a
little test run for the border colours before
applying them to the final illustration.
Sometimes it saves time to do a test first, because
it would take a lot more time to redo a whole border,
especially one this detailed.
I use watercolours and watercolour dyes
(which can be mixed together). The watercolours have
a natural quality but sometimes don't have the brightness
I want. That's when I use or add some dye, because dyes are
My favorite surface to work on is cold pressed acid free