The Secret to Creating Seamless Backgrounds with Ease
Today I will share a project created using ColourArte products, specifically their line of Silks Acrylic Glazes and their Twinkling H2O’s. I started with 140 lb Canson Watercolor Paper that was cut down to 5”x7”. I will provide the Step-by-Step Instructions below, but you’ll definitely want to check out my process video with the link below to see me create this lovely painting from start to finish.
Canson 140 lb Watercolor Paper
Sapphire on Ice
ColourArte Twinkling H2O’s
DalerRowney Art Masking Fluid
1/2″ Flat Brush
0 Round Brush
White Extra Fine Posca Paint Pen
White Sakura Gelli Roll Pen
Black Fude Ball 1.5 Pen
Start by taping off your WaterColor Paper with Artist Tape, making sure to mask off a small border of about .25” all around. Tape your stencil in place to make sure it won’t move while you are applying masking fluid in the next step.
Next, use a palette knife to evenly spread art masking fluid over the stencil. Remove the stencil and let it dry.
Using a ½ “ flat brush, paint the background starting from top to bottom with your Silks and Twinkling H2O’s working in rainbow fashion. Here is the order I used: Sapphire on Ice, Blue Flame, Majestic Blue, Sky Blue, Blue Grass, Teal Zircon, Olive Vine, Key Lime, Sunflower, Orange Peel, Golden Peach, Spicy Tomato, Garnet, and Love Struck.
After that has dried, use a Fan Brush and a spritz of water mixed with Sapphire on Ice to splatter the background. Follow that up with splatters of Plumeria.
After that has dried, you can remove the masking tape, and dried masking fluid with an adhesive remover.
Now it’s time to paint the flowers. Use a Round Brush and paint the flowers. I used Silks Plumeria, Golden Peach, Spicy Tomato, and Twinks Majestic Blue for the base coat on the petals and Silks Olive Vine for the stems. To add dimension, I used Twinks Garnet and Passion on the petals to create some depth.
After the paint has dried, it’s time to outline the flowers to help them pop off the background. I used a White Posca Paint Pen, a White Gelli Roll Pen, and a Black Fude Ball Pen.
The Final Piece
The end result is a colorful little work of art that shimmers and shines with beautiful Spring Time hues. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you’ve found some inspiration to get you started on your next creation! Be sure to check out the video below to watch me create this pretty painting.
It’s hard to tell in video and photos, but there is a beautiful and subtle shimmer in Silks and Twinkling H2O’s that really brings your artwork to life! The mica in the paints picks up the light and makes every work of art created with them pop off the page and dance in your eyes. It really is something that can only be truly appreciated in person. If you haven’t already experienced these gorgeous paints, I highly recommend them for your next art project! You can find them at ColourArte.com.