Friday, 25 September 2015

Once in a Blue Moon by DT Member Gloria


Hi everyone! This is Glòria, the artist behind ColourYourDayHappy.

I want to share a piece I created inspired by the concept of SPACE:  a BLUE MOON. I always try to paint themes where the beautiful and bright colours in the Gansai Tambi Kuretakewatercolour set can shine!
This is project is really easy, you don’t have to be an excellent drawer or the perfect watercolour artist to do it.

STAGE 1: PREPARE MATERIALS
·              Kuretake GansaiTambi
         Colours used: 61 Cornflower Blue, 64 Blue, 66 Menthol Violet and 67 Deep Blue
·               Kuretake BrusH2O
·               Kuretake Wink of Stella Silver andGold
·               A pencil, an eraser, a compass and watercolour paper

STAGE 2: DRAW THE MOON / SKETCH THE LETTERS
Use a compass to draw the moon and the letters.
STAGE 3: PAINT THE BLUE MOON
First of all paint the surface of the moon with clean water, make sure you don’t go into the letters. To paint with water, I used a brush2water brush. These brushes are perfect for painting but in this case they proved to be the ideal tool to paint with clear water.
Start painting with the lighter blue shad: 61 Cornflower Blue. Paint without any order or pattern, trying to replicate the moon surface.
Secondly add the other two blues. Start with 64 Blue and finally add 66 Menthol Violet which is darker.
STAGE 4: ADD SALT
This is a watercolour technique with really nice results as it creates a really fascinating effect and texture.
This is how it works:
Sprinkle a little bit of table salt on damp watercolour paint. What happens is that each crystal of salt chases away the pigment to make a lighter area beneath it. 
Let it air dry completely. The fun of it is that you cannot predict the final result.
This is what happened to mine:
STAGE 5: PAINT THE SKY
Use the darker shade of blue to paint the sky. That is 67 Deep Blue. Leave an irregular but very thin line between the moon and the ski to multiply its shining effect.
STAGE 6: COLOUR “MOON”
Using KuretakeWink of Stella in Silver paint the letters in the word moon.  Don’t you love the contrast!
STAGE 7: ADD  “STARS”
Using KuretakeWink of Stella in Gold draw some stars and constellations.

 It’s a blue moon…… share the magic!