Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day, to my dad and to all dads everywhere! This is the card I created for my father this year. It is colored pencil over watercolor and is based on a photograph of a sunflower from our garden. I used 140 lb cold pressed watercolor paper. This is the first time I applied colored pencil over watercolor, and I really like this technique. It really speeds up the colored pencil work. I learned about this technique in Colored Pencil Explorations by Janie Gildow. This book presents a number of multimedia approaches to colored pencil (e.g., combining colored pencil with watercolor, pastel, acrylic, ink). The book includes a large number of awesome, inspiring pieces of multimedia colored pencil artwork.

I enjoy experimenting with colors in Photoshop Elements. Here is one such experiment. I like the blue background as well as the green one.


Peggy Fussell said...

Very nice piece!! I love mixing up media.
And I am enjoying your oil paintings too!

Laurel Neustadter said...

Thank you, Peggy.

"JeanneG" said...

I do some watercolor or watercolor pencil and a waterbrush sometimes before I put on dry colored pencil. I even go back in with graphite over the colored pencil. It's all fun. I really like the green background the best.

Laurel Neustadter said...

Jeanne: I love your colored pencil pieces. I need to try mixing graphite and colored pencil.