Welcome to another watercolour Tutorial!
I hope you will paint along to the short video I have made for you, watch how to paint your own simple colour wheel.
The colours I am using are the 3 primary’s
a warm and cool of each.
Thats 6 colour in total.
This is all you need to get started. From these 6 colours you should be able to make every colour in the spectrum.... in theory.
I will put a list of the colour names below.
So grab your supplies and follow along...
You now have a complete rainbow which includes your 3 primary colours and 3 tertiary colours.
This exercise is essential for all beginners (All my students do this as a first exercise to learn the colour names and how to mix clean colour). As you learn, becoming more aware of colours and colour mixing, a bit further down the track, new colours are added to our palette.
There is another reason for learning this...
Understanding colour schemes
When choosing a palette a good place to start is with either
A complimentary colour scheme
An Harmonious (Analogues) colour scheme.
I will discuss this more in another post.
Here he is our beautiful colour wheel.
You can choose to paint any shape you wish.
The shape I have chosen to use here is the Seed of Life.
You can learn how to draw this yourself with my tutorial here
The Seed of Life Drawing Tutorial
Our colours are
Lemon Yellow - cool yellow
Cadmium Yellow- warm yellow
Cadmium Red - warm red
Rose Madder - cool red
Ultramarine Blue - warm blue
Prussian Blue - cool blue
I love Windsor & Newton - Cotmans Watercolour.
This is a great Watercolour for students. Reliable, consistent, beautiful clean pigment with just the right amount of transparency.
You can find it in most Art supplies stores AND it’s super affordable too!
The most important thing of all....
play, experiment and have fun!
For those ready to move on to something a bit more challenging check out these tutorials
Watercolour Colour Sampler Tutorial
Watercolour Feather Tutorial
Welcome to another Geometry Tutorial.
I know the word "geometry" doesnt evoke happy thoughts for most... but it truely is like a little bit of magic!
Have a go... I bet you will be hooked too.
Here is a video tutorial of dividing up a circle to create perfect geometric shapes.
You will need
Once you have learnt the Seed of Life, the next fun thing I like to teach is how to find all the gorgeous patterns
You can see Seed of Life Tutorial here
Seed of Life Drawing Tutorial
Watercolour Colour Sampler
This is a great way to divide up a space for painting a colour chart.
You can see how I have used this for my colour sampler here
Colour Sampler Painting Tutorial
Its also just a super useful little life hack for being able to make these shapes, perfectly geometric, quickly and easily!
My Garden Sketchbook and Journal
Firstly, you must know...
I’m no horticulturalist
Im not a botanist....
I'm just a girl who is on a mission to get some order in my garden!
I have high hopes and all the nessesary tools. I want to be able to grow all the fabulous specimens for my drawing and eating pleasure.
I am setting myself some lofty goals which I’m going to share with you along the way.
The artist in me, first, had to make a pretty garden planner for recording what I do in my Garden, and when.
I thought I would also share this with you too!
(I will put a free download for my August 2018 Garden Planner at the end of this post.)
I have pasted this into a simple note book and painted my illustration.
Gardening by the moon cycle, "Moonplanting", is a tool I want to use this season, so i have placed the full moon and new moon.
Working by this each month I hope to find a good rhythm in my Gardening routine, block out tasks and get a beautiful garden.
Last month I began preparing all my garden beds, digging in the leaf mulch from autumn, compost from the bottom of my compost bin, chook poop form their house each time I freshened their bedding. I collected seaweed from the beach and ash from our outdoor fire which all went in. Then went in a huge sack of horse poop from our neighbours stables...
The last big dig over was handfulls of Lime whew! Thats a lot of digging!!
With all that done, I've let it rest.
Another job is sprouting potatoes.
Apparently, this takes a month. I've laid my seed potatoes in box, in a dry dark area in my basement. They will be ready to plant in September, which will hopefully give us fresh potatoes to dig up in time for Christmas... We are going to find out together.
August chores with the Rhythm of the Moon
1st - 7th August.
Harvest and Prune. Not a good time for planting.
8th & 9th August.
Sow & Plant Root crops.
10th -14th August.
Prepare beds for planting phase. Add Mulch and compost.
15th - 23rd August
Planting all above ground crops.
24th - 28th August.
Weeding and mulching.
29th - 31st August
Sow and Plant root crops.
I'm going to decide what to plant and Sow.
The beds are ready! Bring on Planting Day!
Click the Download here to get your printable August 2018 Garden Planner
Pretty Botanical Illustrations
This is one of my passions and one of the reasons I want to grow a luscious garden... so I can fill my sketch books with luscious botanical illustrations.
A few years ago I was inspired by an amazing Artist and Teacher, Margaret- Mary Farr, the joy of observational nature painting and drawing.
I got the bug, I practiced (and continue to practice) everyday.
There is a sence of peace I feel while Im looking deeply into a flower or studying a leaf pattern.
My daily ritual is to go for a jog around our block and find something new to bring home to study.
Slowly I am learning. Slowly I am getting better.
A monthly addition to my Garden Journal?
This will be a treat to look back on in a years time!
The link below will take you to a New Zealand site which has the Moon Calendar available for download
Happy garden planning
The seed of life is the first genesis of the flower of life.
This video tutorial will teach you how to draw this beautiful pattern.
I use this pattern a lot in my beginner painting tutorials and I teach this in the Mandala Drawing workshops I run.
There will be more about all the symbolism behind these patterns and lots of ways you can use this tool to improve your own painting in another blog post to come.
grab a compass, some paper and pens!
Start making this beautiful pattern ❄️
Its simple, fun and good for your soul
Hi my fabulous Creative Souls
Here is a tutorial I've put together for you so you can learn a bit more about colour mixing, and make a beautiful Painting too!
If you haven't seen my first Watercolour Colour tutorial check it out here to learn the basics of the colour wheel.
Beginners Colour Wheel Tutorial
Lets get started!!
You will need
Follow along to make your own gorgeous colour sampler.
This is a fun way to paint a colour sampler.
There are more formal methods to painting a colour sampler, but I quite enjoy the freedom of this more intuitive approach.
Begin with a colour, fill your first area.
I have started with Yellow.
As you move to each new area, make subtle changes in the last colour you used by adding tiny amounts of the next colour on the colour wheel.
You can make these any pattern, any size.
The aim is to experience colour and feeling an awareness in your sensitivity towards the subtle shifts in colour.
The more you practice exercises like this the more cohesive and natural your paintings will look. Your ability to intuitive choose the right colours for your subject will improve.
This makes a gorgeous painting!
And it’s fun!
The pattern I have used here is based on the Seed of Life, with Geometric divisions.
You can learn how to draw that here
The Seed Of Life Drawing Tutorial
Easily Draw Perfect Geometric Patterns Tutorial
And if you are ready to take this to a new level ... checkout the Watercolour Feather Painting Tutorial for another fun easy painting project.
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