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From basics to jellyfishing

I never extected this class to be that good. I love it!

As the annoyingly impatient person and quite experienced artist that I am I watched half of the videos and skipped doing the transparency and fading parts. I was just so excited and started with the jellyfish painting right away. The supplies I used and had on hand were:

  • Aquarell paper 24 x 32 cm 165g/m2
  • LAMY watercolor
  • White Nights aquarells
  • White acrylic
  • Various brushes but no size 00
  • Pentel watercolor pen
  • Salt

I was very pleased with the result but in fact I did not do it the way it should have been done and I did not have all the art supplies I needed. Not even the paper was thick enough.


So I hit the art supply store and got myself the following:

  • Watercolor paper 30 x 40 cm 300g/m2
  • Schmincke Watercolor box
  • Brushes in size 00, 0, 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, and 18
  • Black Ink
  • Flower shaped porcelain bowl for colors
  • Sakura Koi brush pen
  • Bleech

And with these new colors and brushes I enrolled the class again and did my lessons step by step. And even though I know how my colors work I still learned a lot here by trying all the techniques and following the single lessons.


I got a little carried away with the flowers because meanwhile my husband grapped a sheet of paper too and started his own project. He decided to not share his pictures and keep on painting jellyfishes until there is one that does not look like a sponge with curls.


Our local art supply store is not that bad but there was no indian ink or the Copic white ink in stock. For the next project I have to order some things online to be totall prepared.


With all the newly gathered wisdom I painted another piece of jellyfishes. I really like how all the techniques worked together and I am very satisfied with the plastic and realistic look because of adding the final details here and there. By browsing jellyfish photography online I noticed the fluffy curled tentacles and added them aswell. Actually the most fun part because a slightly thicker line is no drama at all. 


The color palette I picked in fact is not really mine. So I did a third painting using my favorite colors, a mix of shiny pastels, lots of mint and a hint of neon.


For all the lettering I used the Pentel watercolor pen which is a lot easier than using brushes. My husband right now is painting his second jellyfish artwork and he went from curly sponge to future mushroom aliens covered in salt. 


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