Sunday, 27 July 2008

Watercolour ATC's

For this week's challenge/swap on MAMMA (see link to the right), i chose the theme Water.

Sooooo to go along with this theme, i did a couple of watercolours.

For the first one, i applied artists masking fluid to denote waves, then did a wash of gouache on top. When dry, i removed the masking fluid.

The paint the mermaid, i used chalk pastels. To do this, you apply the chalk pastels, then paint over with water.

I like the effect it gives, plus makes the pastels more stable.

This technique i stumbled upon when inCollage. I was fed up with the chalks making a mess in my sketch book, so tried applying water to it, and, VOILA, it worked.

I still like to apply a hairspray on top though, just in case.

The tail of the mermaid has been painted with a gold lustre paint, then stickles glitter applied on top.
Glitter was also applied to the bikini, and her hair. This is going to my friend Maureen (see artists links)

This second one, is purely watercolour. I havn't used this in yeeeears, as i find it very difficult to use.

I usually use acrylics and gouache, watered down, to get the same effect.

Glitter was added to the bottom, and because the ribbon of beads was bulky, decided to make it into a hanger.

This is going to another good friend Jan (again see right)

The yahoo group New Inspirations that i am a member of, has started its first Lottery. Everyone who is interested adds an ATC made to that month's theme, and you can do as few or as many as you like.

On a certain date, all names are put in the random generator, and the winner wins ALL the ATC's that were put forward in the Lottery.

This month's theme, is Friends, and here is my contribution so far.

Fairly simple i know, but we are in the middle of a heatwave here in the UK, and it is affecting my breathing.
Hope to get time to make another one, one that will challenge me further.

In the meantime, have a glorious Sunday, wherever you are.


Cindy Is Crafty said...

Lovely, lovely, and lovely! So great, Margaret!

Sherry said...

Love your watercolours ATCs Margaret - and as for the New Inspirations lottery - you've got to be in it, to win it - as they say! (and I'm already there - may have to add another for a greater chance of winning - lol) .... and surely this heatwave can't last for much longer - hope not xx

Sanja said...

great work again,Margaret !!!:0)))