Hi everyone! This is Glòria, the artist behind ColourYourDayHappy.
I want to share a piece I created inspired by the topic of BAKING. However I could not just paint any cake !!! It had to be a really colourful one so I went for a fruit cake. This was the only way the beautiful and bright colours in the Gansai Tambi Kuretake watercolour set would do their ‘magic’.
STAGE 1: PREPARE MATERIALS
20 black,30 cadmium red, 33 orange, 36 wine red, 38 dark violet, 42 bright yellow, 44 light brown, 46 brown, 47 dark brown, 53 mid green and 91 gold
· A ruler, a pencil and an eraser
· Watercolour paper
STAGE 2: SKETCH / DRAW THE CAKE
STAGE 3: PAINT THE CAKE
First of all paint the surface with clean water and then add the watercolour. This is how I got this lighter effect to the whole piece. As the pigments in the gansai tambi set are very rich, even if you use a lot of water the result will be really bright and colourful.
Use a darker brown (number 46) and a lighter one (number 44) to paint the bottom of the cake.
STAGE 4: PAINT THE FRUIT
I started by painting the strawberries using colour 30 cadmiun red, followed by the bits of orange with 33 orange.
As with the cake, whenever I painted anything on this piece I first painted the area with clean water. This is why I could paint each one of the fruit using only 1 colour as with just the use of water I could get different shades and intensity of that colour. I really like the final effect. You should definitely try it!
Because I wanted to add some purple to the composition I went for some blackberries painted with 38 deep violet and some redcurrants painted with 36 wine red.
Finally I added some bits of lemon (painted with 42 bright yellow).
STAGE 5: PAINT THE CHOCOLATE
So that the colours of the fruit would pop up I decided to add some chocolate to the cake, I also use this ‘chocolate’ to cover any white space left between the fruit. I used exclusively 47 dark brown.
STAGE 6: ADD A BORDER
To frame the cake I painted little squares to the right and at the bottom of the cake. I use some of the colours I had painted the fruit with.
From left to right and from bottom to top, this is the sequence of colours I used: 53 mid green, 42 bright yellow, 33 orange, 30 cadmium red, 36 wine red, 38 dark violet and 47 dark brown.
Please notice that I left an empty square between each colour as I then painted that square with a mixture of two colours. So for example the square between the green and the yellow squares was painted using a mixture of those 2 colours.
STAGE 7: ADD DETAILS
It was time now to add some details to the fruit using gold (strawberries and redcurrants) and black (kiwi).
This is the final cake,
I hope you find this tutorial useful and inspiring.