Next Saturday night I'm going to a night birds watch with friends. They've been there for several years, but it'll be a first time for me. I'm completely excited about it.
To celebrate owls and get in the mood, I painted some monochromatic owls ACEO cards during the weekend.
Step 1: Sketching. You have to keep in mind watercolors don't cover pencil well. That means minimal light drawing, barely visible.
Step 2: Background. Time to get the watercolors out. I've chose to make them pastel in the main color chosen for the card.
Who says pastel says a lot of water. This means you'll have to be patient until they're dry. I made some chocolate chips cookies in the meantime. Ok I cheated and used Nestlé Toll House cookie mix for express cookies. Note to myself: for less flaky cookies, add more water next time.
Step 3: Owls. Now the backgrounds should be dry. Time to paint the owls themselves. As I've decided to make them in shades of one color this means playing with lightness/darkness and mixing colors.
Step 4: Details. Once the owls are dry (I left them overnight, no need for more cookies) it's time to get watercolor pencils out. Short digression to brag about the brand new box I bought with my mum's Easter money.
And the owls are ready to join my bunnies.