STEP 1 - Idea
A lot of my ideas begin on scraps of paper, backs of envelopes or sticky notes.
|STEP 1 - A very quick initial sketch|
I like to refine my sketches in my sketchbook so I always have them for any future reference. When I visit schools, I also like to show children my rough sketches, to demonstrate that not everything I do is a work of art!
Here is the refined sketch of the bear in the leaves.
|STEP 2 - Refining my sketch|
|STEP 3 - Masking Fluid. I have tried many brands, and this is the only one I use.|
Masking fluid is prone to wrecking your brushes so for this reason I have an old brush that I always use. Thanks to some helpful advice from members of the Challenge, I now lather soap into the brush before using the masking fluid which helps protect the bristles and makes it easier to wash out when finished.
Masking fluid creates a barrier over areas on the paper that you DON'T want watercolour paint to touch. I applied Masking Fluid to the areas I wanted to keep clear of the background colour.
|STEP 3 - Masking Fluid|
Once the masking fluid was completely dry, I mixed my background colours. I mixed two tones of blue/green making sure I made enough paint to cover the large area.
This is the part where I work the quickest, adding water to the brush to create lighter/darker areas. Because I only used masking fluid around the edge of the bear, I had to pay attention to where my brush went, making sure I didnt paint anywhere except on the background area.
|STEP 4 - Background.|
*With dried masking fluid that peels off, I roll it into a ball and keep it. I use this to help lift the dried Masking Fluid from paper. It sticks to it and helps roll it off reducing the chance of ripping the paper.
STEP 5 - Bear
|STEP 5 - Bear|
STEP 6 - Leaves
|STEP 6 - Leaves|
STEP 7 - Pencil Outline
|STEP 7 - Pencil Outline of leaves|
|STEP 8 - Pencil outline of bear|
To see more of Nicky's work:
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