Acrylic Paint, Watercolour And Ink Art

Acrylic Paint, Watercolour And Ink Art

[MUSIC] I’m starting today with a pre-made
background and if you saw last week’s video it had five background techniques
to try out so what’s that one when you first watching this one or maybe you’ve
got a copy of my get creating download then it’s so you’ve already been
introduced to a few of my techniques and I love to use these to make backgrounds
and batches and I will have to make a few of them in one session that then I
haven’t they’re ready to grab when I need them so that’s where this piece
starts and I didn’t know what I wanted to do on it but I knew I wanted to have
a main focal image whenever I’m not sure how to start a piece I just start with
smart making and some doodling just to get it going so that’s what I’m doing
here and it is a little haphazard isn’t it but you know what it’s very freeing
and usually whilst I’m making these kind of marks something will come to me some
way forward that will tell me what to do next and if it doesn’t well I just keep
on making marks [MUSIC] doesn’t really matter if it just becomes
a big weave of mark making and doodling but today it didn’t around about after
adding the teal and the indigo paintbrush marks I reverted back to a
warmer color palette to make some crosshatch marks and this because around
my hair I could see where I wanted to go with this piece and I think because I’d
already decided at the beginning that I wanted a large focal image that was in
my head and it can influence where I went so I was already thinking along
those lines so that only after a few marks I was ready to play with that
focal image and I should mention that I’m working on a studio watercolor paper
today and you can see all the materials that I’ve used in the list in the
description as usual now studio level watercolor paper tends
to be thinner than artist quality paper it’s full playing around with than just
testing things out with them I love playing with pieces of paper like this
because well if if I do make something that I like on them then I can scan it
and use it in some digital work but playing around with this kind of paper
is a little bit cheaper than playing around with artist quality paper so you
can test things out and even though you’re gonna get different looks because
the paint will react differently to different paper you can still get a feel
for what you want to do on it but you can see I haven’t really stretched it
out I haven’t taped it down to a board and I’m just letting it free roam which
does mean it will buckle especially as it is a lighter weight paper and I’ve
already used quite a lot of water on it so it is already buckled if I had been a
little bit more organized I would have taped this down to a board from the
start when I made that background but well I didn’t so I’m just having to live
with it [MUSIC] can you guess where I decided the focal
huge was going to go yeah I decided to add some more texture just for the focal
image part and again went for a warm color to fit with that background so
really I’m just building up texture here and I love changing up from warm to cold
color families and varying between layers which one I use it seems to be my
thing at the moment and I’ve only recently realized how much I do it but
if you want to add layers of texture without adding a lot of drama to a piece
then stick to either a hot or a cold color palette so reds yellows oranges
for your heart and blues and greens for your cold and then when you’re ready to
add some drama you can either add a little or a lot of the opposite color
palette so if you’ve been doing a lot of hots like I’ve been doing here then add
some touches of a cooler color and that can really make quite a difference so on
my piece it’s all about the warms adding texture and then I’ve got little bits of
cool here just to add some drama and a little bit of interest then when I went
to bring out my focal image well calls did it again and provided me
with just such a lovely contrast to pop the focal image off the page
next time you’re arting have a go we’re changing up from hot to cold and back
again when you start layering up your pieces and you can of course do this the
whole piece with either just hot or a cold color palette so try that as well
and do a compare and contrast and see which you prefer I mean it might be that
you like both the ways of doing it [MUSIC] so even though I’m doing a really simple
shape today for my focal image I still felt the need to outline it on my piece
before committing to it is going to be a feather shape I’ve been playing around
with feathers all of a sudden recently I when I was putting together my first
download for my dizzy delightful’s on patreon in it it took on a bit of a
feather theme and it wasn’t all feathers but there were a few different types of
feathers in the panic and I don’t know what’s happened but since doing that
I’ve been just playing around with lots of feathers and leaf shapes as well so
you could easily do this with a feather or do it with a leaf or any kind of
shape that you wanted or you could go with your circles pull your other shapes
do this with butterflies they’re very popular hearts you know all all of them
motifs that we like to play with I sketched my rough shape out with a
ballpoint pen also in a warm color for the background so it’s gonna add some
texture but then be pretty much invisible when the piece is finished
which is lucky because as I blocked in my background with watercolor I decided
that I’d actually made that feather image a little bit too wide and I hadn’t
left enough space on the left so I rectified that as I added at the
watercolor there [MUSIC] so the first background layer was all
equipped paint by the way like the other backgrounds that I’ve been doing
recently so just in case you haven’t seen last week’s background technics
video yet I made all of those of a quick paint and this is another one I made
around about the same time with acrylic paint another thing that I seem to be
into at the moment is working on negative space to pull out my focal
image I’m finding negative spaces pretty fascinating at the moment is that just
me okay yeah that’s probably just me I do get
hung up on the weirdest of things from time to time once I was happy with
locked out negative space feather shape I let it dry completely then used my
favorite pen of all time and started to work in some details I pretty much
decided that I wanted to use this pen right from the start it’s a brush pen
and you can find it in the list below it takes cartridges and I quickly realized
that my cartridge is actually run out in it and after a little bit of a panic
that I didn’t know where my other cartridges were I did find some to
replace it so that was lucky and I’ve chosen this pen but I wasn’t really sure
how it would work on all of these layers the acrylic paints the watercolor so I
wanted to try it out and it worked really well I had no trouble with it on
this surface at all one things I really love about this pen is how easy it is to
get dry brush looks with it and I just really like the texture that you can get [MUSIC] now I thought that this was around about
it for this piece but then I was looking at it and like something wasn’t quite
right oh there we go just a little bit of texture with a different black pen to
link the background and the focal image together [MUSIC] thank you so much for watching today
come and join me on these videos next for some more inspiration and I’ll see
you there


  • Akin467 Jennifer Akin says:

    Lovely. I love the feather theme.

  • Sue Falls says:

    I just can’t get the hang of mark making! Yours is very nice❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️

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  • Katherine Babcock - Artistic Insanity says:

    I always forget to mention how much I love your 'background writing.' That's what I call it – the messy scribble writing you add to many of your pieces. You get that perfect combination of something that looks like writing, but looks pushed back into the piece. It really gives your art that something special. How do you do that so well? Mine either looks too planned – but funky since it's unreadable – or…just not right. Do you have any tips for adding your not-quite-readable writing that still looks like writing? Yours seems like if I just squinted properly that it would be readable – mine just seems like…blah. I would love for you to explore that a little more in-depth because it's something I keep struggling with. No matter how many of your video segments I watch to try to get the hang of your writing I am hopelessly perplexed. Help, sweet Kim – help out a flailing sistah! 😉 Another beautiful piece, As always. You kick the texture into high gear with the shaking of your paint pen, too. (Another thing I struggle with – I either get nothing or I get honkin' mounds or clumps of paint.) Can you just come give me lessons on using pens like you, please?! No? Excellent.. .then how about a video segment with all your pen tips at some point? Puh-lease?!

    (Why yes, I am working on an evil plan of my own…I'm going to buy off your husband so I can artnap you for endless art playdates. Hmmm I guess I could move to London so that we could play! Never been to that side of the pond but we ARE talking about THE Kim Dellow here! Hee hee) ❤

  • Julia Nichols says:

    Thanks Kim, another fantastic bit of education for beginners like me. I love the way you put your colors together and loved your tips about layering up warm and cool colors. 💕

  • Judy Daino says:

    Love this feather and all the layers Kim. So lovely as usual. I've been waiting for your interview on the summit. Can't wait to see it. 🎨👏💙💛👍

  • Scrapitydoodah says:

    Very cool. I have a thing about feathers too xx

  • Raheel Azam says:

    Soooooooo……..beautiful amazing work I love it ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤💖💖💕💕💟💓💞💓💞💜💛💚💗 😚😚😘😘😙

  • Covered in Paint says:

    It's not just you, I use blocking out the negative space a lot! I think it's because I like to use a lot of different colours, and lots of texture, so using negative space, enables me to calm the piece down, and focus the eye on the focal point.

    I just discovered Dar James (@indarsworld), thanks to the Summit, and she uses this technique, and I'm in love with her pieces, especially her trees.
    Julia. x

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