Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tutorial: Twinkling Stenciled Butterfly

Hobby Lobby are now selling Twinkling H2O's.  To celebrate, I thought I'd create a simple, yet beautiful butterfly using a basic stencil I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

This butterfly was done in my in my Strathmore Watercolor Journal using the "Ultimate Romance" collection of Twinkling H2O's, available as a kit in all of their stores.

You will need a watercolor sketchbook, or watercolor paper, around 140lb is preferred. A simple stencil, masking fluid or liquid frisket, a frisket applicator and lifter, paintbrush, fine line marker, and of course Twinkling H2O's.

Lay the stencil over the page and secure it with masking tape.  Outline the stencil design using your fine line marker.

Wet the design with clean water.  Keep your water within the design.

Using a random selection of colors, wash the butterfly design, letting the Twinkling H2O's dance and blend over the page.

When your first layer is dry, apply the frisket over areas that you want to SAVE.  Follow the design of your stencil, or randomly save a design of your choice. When the frisket is dry, paint over the entire design, including the frisket with a dark color.  I used Cedar Wood.  The undertones of your first layer with be saved wherever you placed the frisket.

When this layer is completely dry.  Lift away the masking fluid with your eraser.

Use your fine line pen to define and shade your butterfly.  I used a stippling effect to soften the edges of the wing patterns.

You can cut the page out of your journal, as I have done and put it into a frame.  It is a very beautiful and effective addition to your wall.

All of the supplies used in this tutorial are available at Hobby Lobby. If you'd like to know more about using luminescent watercolor, my online class "Mastering Twinks", will be open for registration soon. 

Thanks for checking in. xx