Fun sketch using Daniel Smith watercolour paints directly into a handmade mini sketchbook with Saunders and Waterford cold press 90lb paper.
This is a direct painting of a pomegranate I cracked open, hoping to capture some of it’s intense red colour. I also had to fight off the kids who kept wanting to eat my still-life set up.
I started quite deliberate and tight on the front seeds to make sure I captured the intricate light. As I progress to the back of the painting, it gets looser with less definition.
It’s a challenge to leave whites, and if you lose them, you can always go over with some titanium white or gouache to regain your highlights. Fine brushes help to keep paint away from the whites too.
This is still a work in progress and I continue to add darks to make it really pop.
Daniel Smith watercolours on Saunders and Waterford High White paper.
In this video, I demonstrate the making of one of my miniature travel watercolour palettes from beginning to end using
- a plastic pill box
- empty half pans
- Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks
These are easy to carry for sketching on location. They will also satisfy that compulsive need to have your watercolours on-hand for those creative outbursts of energy, when you just need to splash some paint on paper.
For a complete minimalist sketch kit, add a water brush, sponge, and sketchbook.
Here are some examples of miniature watercolour palettes that are easy to carry, so you are never without your watercolours.
When time is of the essence, a quick sketch with a thick pigment brush pen is a great way to document reportage-style. The varied brush strokes give it a painterly look. The permanent ink also lends itself to being washed over with watercolour at a later stage. The trick to using the Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen – Extra Fine is to prime it a little by squeezing the barrel to get the ink flowing and make a nice point with the bristles. It has a tendency to get dry when not in use and the bristles splay. A juicy flowing pen helps with the speed of the sketch and gives you the ability to get a very fine line with the pointed tip. Holding the pen far away from the tip creates a calligraphy-type stroke with lots of fluid and lively movement.