I love artsy experimenting!

Hi friends! I was preparing some background samples for the Michaels online class I am teaching this Thursday and I decided to dry watercolor on black mat board that I primed with clear Liquitex Gesso. I didn’t know if the gesso would hold the watercolor but I was curious so I applied some Derwent pastel watercolors and Inktense pan paint to it and I loved the effect! You can use black watercolor paper as well but I know many of you have the black matboard and clear gesso from the plum project so I wanted to see if it would be compatible. I think it turned out great and the texture remains so adding colored pencil on top worked great!

I was so excited after making this background that I wanted to draw on it. I filmed the whole drawing process and narrated it in real-time so if you want you can draw with me!

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I think today’s tutorial is a great warm-up for the live online class on Thursday, May 19th at 8pm ET where we do a totally different technique to draw a different dragonfly and explore lots of time-saving background options. You can join me for this class by enrolling here. The cost is $20 and when you sign up you will be emailed a pattern to print on copy paper and have with you for class. Don’t transfer it before class because we are going to do something different but you want it printed and ready to go. You can see the supply list on the sign-up page but don’t worry if you do not have the exact products I am using, you can substitute for the pencils you like and the black paper you have. You will also be emailed a recording of the class so you can follow along again if you want. The focus of the class is ways to speed up your colored pencil process with special techniques and mixed media. If this sounds interesting I hope to see you there! Happy crafting!