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Floral Design

Floral design. Watercolour paints on watercolour paper. August 2014

I am still having fun with watercolour paints. This piece is just a doodle with ink and wash, experimenting with the amount of water on the paper and the amount of paint. I never thought that I could have such fun with watercolour paints!

Little Tree Elf

Little Tree Elf. Watercolours on watercolour paper. August 2014

I bought a set of watercolour paints at least two years ago and never touched it, well until today. I just felt like trying them, knowing that I’d got some experience with other mediums and might be able to do something with them. I still feel like an absolute newbie, but I lost the impression that me and watercolour paints might never become friends. …

Creature of the Sea

Creature of the Sea. Neocolors II on sketch paper. August 2014

Tomorrow my three weeks vacation will end, and it’s back to “normal” again. I had a wonderful time with my American friend who stayed at my flat for 12 days and explored Berlin. Due to the school holidays here in Berlin a lot of Berlin people have left the city and lots of tourists have come, so I guess we have the same number of people living in town.

I didn’t manage to finish this piece till today. I used the watersoluble neocolors II and some markers. For support I used simple sketching paper.

Tree character

Tree character. Gouache and markers on watercolour paper. July 2ß14

This painting is similar to this  marker painting here. It is based on the same pen and ink drawing, but when I did the marker painting I decided to cut off parts of the body. With this gouache painting I used a 17×24 sized watercolour paper and had more room for the body.

I didn’t trace my pen and ink sketch but drew it a second time, slightly changing the shape of the hands and the directions they are pointing to. As you can see as well there’s a big difference regarding the green of the leaves. My gouache set includes 2 shades of green – a leaf green and an emerald green. I used the emerald green, lightened with a bit of white. Some people say that greens are difficult to do, and they are right. Next time I’ll try to add some light ochre to the emerald, or even mix my greens out of blue and yellow!

Elf-prince – done in gouache

Elf Prince. Gouache on watercolour paper. July 2014

I’d already done this elf prince with markers, as you can see here. I wanted to find out how it could be done with gouache paints. I used the original pen and ink sketch as a reference for drawing the lines on the watercolour paper.

During the process of painting I found out that there is quite a learning curve regarding the amount of paint and water in order to get an opaque painting. In the end I used some of my markers to add a bit of orange to the red petals and to add a bit of olive green to the elf’s face. I also used a red marker to do the red part of his cloak. In the end I put some decoration on this part, this time with gouache again. So markers and gouache paint seem to go together very well.

Blue eyed Elf

Blue eyed elf. Gouache on canvas board. Ulla Hennig July 2014

I hadn’t touched my gouache paints for a long time. I had painted some abstract pieces with them, but then somehow lost my interest in them. This happened at a time when I had no idea about my style and what I wanted to paint.

Now I know more about what I want to do: tell stories with my art and /or tell stories and illustrate them. I have been doing some illustrations with coloured pencils and markers, or just with markers. But I had also watched a few videos about artists who used gouache paints for their illustrations.

So I thought why not grab those Gouache tubes and the canvas board I had bought half a year ago (or so) and have a go? I must say that I had a lot of fun doing the Blue eyed Elf. And I’m already working on a second illustration with Gouache paints…

Water-Elf, final version

Water elf. Markers on paper, July 2014

Here’s the final version of the water elf. Somehow during the process of painting I had the idea to add a bit of red to the painting and to mix it with the brown-grey colours of the stones. Doesn’t it look like the poor elf is shedding blood on the stones? Makes me want to write a story about it…


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