Watercolour Wild Mushrooms

Watercolour Wild Mushrooms - student project

Just as recommended by Rosalie, I started this project by sketching the mushroom with a pencil (I always use graphite for watercolours so it doesn't bother me too much if it muddies a little the colours).

However I wanted to get familiar with the shape so I sketched it in my sketchbook first, same place where I did my colour swatches (paints were both tube and pan).

Watercolour Wild Mushrooms - image 1 - student project

I'm not really good with drawing fine details with a brush and paint so I opted for my trusty Sakura Micron Ink pens in the size 05 and 02!

I also used my watercolour pencils for texture, since the paper would spread the paint to quickly and details would blur...

This is the result I obtained:

Watercolour Wild Mushrooms - image 2 - student project

After having so much fun with this piece, I decided to try it out with gouaches and the lineless style (I took the reference from pinterest):

Watercolour Wild Mushrooms - image 3 - student project

This class was truly enjoyable, not only for the calming feeling it gave, but mostly because it mixed two of my passions: painting and botany (well I know that mushrooms are not technically plants but it's easier to classify that way)! 

Segolene Chapin
Illustrator / Environmental Scientist