I know I have used the ocean as a theme for many of my posts and once again I go to my favorite place so I hope you will indulge me yet another time.
Today’s illustration was done using Splash Inks, Niji Waterbrushes, Yasutomo Sumi Ink and a sharp round brush for inking, Nori paste and anothe brush for gluing, an old paperback book and watercolor paper.
I always start with a quick sketch.
Then on watercolor paper, or in this case I used a coated archival chipboard, I redraw the image I want. I made some changes while I was drawing onto the board (I’m sure you noticed the sketch was a little different from the final on top).
Before inking in the lines I painted the water using Splash Ink watercolors and a flat Niji Waterbrush.
I then inked in the whole thing using my round brush and the Yasutomo Sumi Ink which I absolutely love.
I inked in everything but the water. For that I wanted to do in collage using paper from an old paperback book.
I tore some pages out out and ripped them into tiny pieces for my collage water. Then I glued them using the Nori paste we’ve all grown to love. It was time consuming and I did think for a moment that maybe I made a mistake in wanting to be so trendy. But in the end I just told myself this was good therapy.
Once all the pasting was completed and dry, I painted the rest of the drawing. I gave the mermaid a slightly blue face because after all, she is underwater. In the hair I added more dashes with a little darker shade of her hair.
To make the water collage more subtle I decided to add turquoise blue paint, again with the flat Niji Waterbrush.
Then to add that little extra sparkle I used one of hearts that have a sticky back that you can find in a hobby store, I just happened to have one lying around.
And that’s how it’s done, with a lot of love! Have a great day!