Painting

Playing with paper…

It has been such a long time since I last blogged… I need to get back into the swing of things, however I am still trying to find my Mojo. Once I’ve found my Mojo you will see more from me.

I have been busy, well… I was busy back in May. Since then its been a bit dead on the creative side of things.

A good friend of mine asked me a little while ago if she could commission an Orca.

Not sure where it was going to hang, how big it should be or or many specifics in mind for that matter we sat and looked through some images she liked of Orcas – splashing up through the waves, swimming downwards in multicoloured water, watercolour splashes, plain traditional to the abstract. All done over a nice meal cooked by her lovely Hubby too.

I got to work not long after and started sketching. I shared this on my Instagram account back in May – not quite sure you can see the outline very well.

Not wanting to keep things traditional and put a spin on it based on a few of the images she liked, I decided to go for a space/galaxy theme. I checked first if it was ok, and so began a messy few days of trial and error (and inky stained fingers which my patients commented on).

I was not happy with the first attempt and that one quickly ended up in the bin!

The second attempt, ended up being a base for my daughter to add to as again, I was not happy.

This is the third attempt…

up close
all framed by my fair hands

It was good to get the inks out and play with the different shades. I used so many different colours, but looking at it you cant pick them out. I had fun creating this Orca. I’m hoping my friend loves her as much as I did creating her.


Supplies used:

  • Alcohol Inks – Milled Lavender, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Chipper Sapphire, Black Soot, Stormy Sky, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Broken China
  • Windsor and Newton 300gsm Watercolour Paper
  • Uni-ball Signo – white pen
  • Numerous watercolour brushes
  • Windsor and Newton – colourless art masking fluid
  • Frame – bought locally with the mount sold separately
  • Framing tape to secure

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