Happy New Year Celtic Collective member!!
I hope you enjoyed some extra special holiday time with family and friends, and got to have some time just for you. If you didn't get some YOU TIME yet, Lucy and I have got such a fun month's worth of watercolor, gouache, and marker lessons for you to enjoy... in the magical theme of GNOMES!
Don't these look amazing?! We both LOVED preparing these online art lessons for you and can't wait to see your versions of these awesome projects!! Let's dive in!!
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I think it's safe to say I'm MORE than a little obsessed with how the project above turned out!! The wisdom is pouring out of this elemental with her dual colored eyes and mult-hued gray locks. I love how vibrant the colors are in this piece - thanks to an awesome combo of fountain pen inks and gouache.
Did you know that gnomes are ALSO called Elementals? They can represent the elements of nature. I chose the element of fire for this project's inspiration and hope she brings a touch of power to your 2024!
As always, you use whatever art supplies you love and have on hand! Here's what I used...
Fabriano 1264 Coldpress Watercolor Pad 11" x 15" https://amzn.to/3RvR9pC
Fountain Pen Inks
Widow Maker by Noodler's https://amzn.to/3tCN1Gp
Black Drawing Ink https://amzn.to/3NMTECP
Nude by Jacques Herbin https://amzn.to/3a0xfuV
Raw Sienna by Diamine https://amzn.to/3vcWoDg
Polina Bright Watercolor Brushes in Round 1 and 2 and Mop 1 https://www.polinabright.com/karencampbell and use coupon code KARENCAMPBELL to save 10% off your order
Gouache cheap angled brushes are my favorite https://amzn.to/3MeHAqe
Turner Design Gouache in the following colors
(NOTE: you can always substitute acrylics for gouache!!):
Neutral Grey 7 https://amzn.to/3RAAYY9
Jet Black https://amzn.to/3GYX1CN
Watercolor pencils in red and brown
Sharpie Paint Pen in Gold https://amzn.to/3H09q9A
Pentel Arts Sign Pen w/ Micro Brush https://amzn.to/3JhAjZ2 (black and brown)
Copic White https://amzn.to/4aDutMG
👇Ready to start this 1.5-hour lesson? Let's do it!
This project is absolutely perfect for the beginner or anyone who wants to sit down and have a little fun with a simple watercolor project!
These little cuties are called Gonk gnomes, and they're actually part of Scandinavian folklore. They're supposed to bring good luck (if treated well).
In the same way American children might leave cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve, Nordic families set out a bowl of porridge for the gonks on Winter Solstice. Too cute!!
For this piece, feel free to use whatever you love most, Lucy's using her Prima Terrain watercolor set, along with a few colored pencils, a white gel pen, black fineliner, and round watercolor brush (along with a smaller one for detail: https://www.schimoniart.com/shop/brushes/).
👇Ready to Paint Along to this 1-Hour Lesson? Me toooo!
Have you ever painted on wood before? It's super fun and can completely change the feel of your piece. The reference image for this little guy was just BEGGING to be painted on wood!
I painted my gnome in gouache, but feel free to use acrylics if you don't have that! Here's what else I used...
Wood slice: https://amzn.to/41BuwVe
Clear Gesso: https://amzn.to/3tAHk1O
White Gesso: https://amzn.to/3RvPrEI
Gouache cheaply brushes https://amzn.to/3MeHAqe
Turner Design Gouache in the following colors:
Night blue (darkest) https://amzn.to/3TG2FkN
Sky blue (middle) https://amzn.to/3GYLFih
Horizon (lightest although I could only find the link to the acrylic version which should be fine anyways!) https://amzn.to/3RBMy5b
Raw Umber https://amzn.to/3tqDHLQ
Flesh Tint by Winsor Newton https://amzn.to/3vmJUst
Watercolor pencils in blue, red and brown
Sea Sponges https://amzn.to/48asduX
Sponge brush https://amzn.to/48zNGgw
Copic White https://amzn.to/4aDutMG
In case you love painting on wood slices...
I've got two more birch wood slice projects in the Celtic Collective in case you wanna play with these later!
I'm in LOVE with this little guy's bright blue eyes and handlebar mustache!! I think he's just the cutest!!
If you're not in the mood to free-hand this drawing with Lucy, she included a template for you that you can transfer onto your own watercolor paper in case you'd prefer to dive right into your watercolors today.
Lucy used a colo-erase pencil to sketch her gnome.
Here's what else she used...
Lucy has been LOVING playing with her alcohol markers lately. You would NEVER know she hasn't been working with them for long because she's an absolute PRO! Just look at the depth and dimension she created in this adorable little guy!! I can't even...
If you'd like to get right into coloring this cutie, Lucy included a template for you to trace inside the classroom.
She used a ton of gorgeous colors, but feel free to use fewer if you'd like to keep things a bit simpler. A good rule of thumb is to use a light, medium, and dark in the same color to achieve depth. And remember - the brand of alcohol marker doesn't matter- feel free to mix and match however you choose.
Here are the specific Ohuhu alcohol marker shades Lucy used for this project and more...
For the face from the Ohuhu skin tone set:
For the beard: GG020, CG3, BG070, CG5, BGII09
For the hat (and studs): MG020, MG060, BGII09, BGII05, BGI03, Y8, YR1, YR270
Clothing: Y230, Y7, GY173
Leaves: GY8, GY42, GY173, G240
Also used Y11, Y12, E380, E050, R280, V160 and R16
Have SO much fun working on these new projects!!
😜Goofing around at Lickleyhead Castle last fall😜
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