Watercolor over eco-dyed paper
My good friend Nancy Dawes and I discussed about using eco-dyed papers earlier this year at TangleU, and I've been dying to try my hand over the fantastic papers she had the kindness to send to me.
This is a piece that I created on over one of her eco-dyed papers:
This was a page from a hand bound journal Nancy gave me — and oh, the horror — I had to extract the page from the journal to be able to color in it, I had a hard time working on it while it was still attached. This is the original page with the eco-dyed leaf on it:
You've heard me mention the Bijou Raffle lesson, and this is a great example of how it worked out. These are the cards I pulled out for this project:
I really did not want to cover the beautiful leaf in the center of the page, so I used the Watercolor string prompt to add color around the leaf, using some metallic infused watercolor paint.
Next, I used a brown Micron pen to create the tangles and line-art, you can see a little step-out of the progression here:
Weird!!!! I love the result! I used watercolor markers and watercolor paints to work the colored shading, no black or gray markers whatsoever. I also used white pastel pencil, a white gelly roll pen and a burnt umber colored pencil to deepen the shading. I feel that removing the gray and black from the shading can produce a certain vibrancy to a picture that you can't get otherwise.
Here is the final picture again, including the card. Now that I've tried my hand at this, I'm excited to try the other eco-dyed papers Nancy sent to me, a variety of different brands. So much fun, thank you my dear friend!!!