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No-line coloring with Melinda

Hi everyone, Melinda here with an inspiration for Varada Sharma's digital stamps release for June 2021, "Beautiful You".


When I saw this release I just knew I was going to watercolor this sweet slimline image, Tweet Birthday. I can't stress enough how much I love florals, and second to that is birds, so I was really excited to color this sweet digi.





I don't have a printer that uses watercolor friendly ink and am far from a town with a place to have prints made. so I used graphite paper to copy the image to my watercolor paper. This also helps me get acquainted with the image before watercoloring it.





I got out some of my favorite colors for this bird and floral. I used Bright Violet from Holbein and some Qinn Rose for the florals. I started by wetting the entire piece of watercolor paper and dabbed the colors I was going to use in the spots I was going to paint with that color. It's a nice way to start a watercolor and gives you a bit of a color map. I went back into the florals with another layer of Qinn Rose in the shadow areas and made sure to leave some highlights.last detail on the flowers was a little gold watercolor dots for the centers.





For the bird I went in with a Violet layer on the main part of the body and then let that dry completely and added some darker details for feathers. When that was dry I added the browns for the wings doing the same as I did for the body of the bird.





The very last step for the bird is the eye, make sure to leave a white highlight on the eye for the glare. You can use a micron pen for the eye and a white gel pen for a highlight if that's easier for you. The leaves are just some green left on my palette from another painting. I painted the whole leaf a watered down green and when that was dry I added a darker more intense green to only one side of the leaf. I painted the branch in a light brown and added some darker brown here and there while the branch was still wet. When the branch was completely dry I added some more dark detail lines. The background colors were a little soft so I added some darker blues here and there to make the bird really stand out, and make the edges crisper. I decided to leave this card blank for now and will add a sentiment from the set as needed.


There you have it. I hope you'll give no line coloring a try and digis are a great way to get started.


Thanks for dropping by! ~Melinda