Watercolour painting class – minimalist Solar System

Watercolour tutorial - the solar system

If anyone decides to do watercolours it is inevitable to bump into galaxies at some point. No wonder: they are colourful, you can splash around and it is practically impossible to spoil them. In my case, I also have an unfortunate obsession with all things space and stars… so here we go, I painted a minimalist style Solar System.

This picture was actually created in 20 minutes (not counting drying time) and is a crossing between an incredibly cool tatoo and my love of watercolour splashes. I had been browsing through some amazing space-themed tatoos when I found this piece, which concentrates on the most characteristic features of the planets in the Solar System in a lovely, minimalist style. It’s been love at first sight, even if I wouldn’t have it on my skin (yet).

As it was so easy to make this painting I decided to share the details with you, perhaps you also get into planet-painting. So, here is a step by step guide on my watercolour Solar System:

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New medium #2 – Lino cutting

A series about experimenting with new techniques - lino cutting

I first met lino-cutting at an afternoon class in primary school. I immediately fell in love with it but stopped working with it right away, as this technique is fairly complicated and also a little dangerous (at least for children). I came across it again during the illustration workshop that I took part in last year.

What is this section?

One of the conclusions I drew from the illustration workshop was that I’ve become a bit lazy: I am not experimenting enough with new techniques, I am happy in my bubble of watercolours. Of course, there is nothing wrong with dwelling deep in one medium and learning all the secrets but if you don’t get out of your comfort zone you miss a lot of fun. So I’ve decided to start a new series on the blog: I’m going to try techniques that are new to me and tell you guys about my experiences.

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Love illustrated – Philippa Rice: Soppy

Philippa Rice: Soppy

Well, now that I’m so much into Valentine’s Day I might as well top it with a bit more sweetness – and I am talking literally, as Philippa Rice’s book called ‘Soppy’ can hardly be described other than sweet.

Philippa is a UK-based illustrator who recorded every-day life with her boyfriend in the illustrations of ‘Soppy’. It is easy to see why the drawings became an instant success: they lack the usual ravings, instead they convey love in a very simple and natural way – basically how we experience it in our everyday life.

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Downloadable watercolour gift tags for Valentine’s Day

FREE downloadable watercolour gift tags for Valentine's Day

Fat little angels, pink hearts, heck, it’s Valentine’s Day again… This rather expressive diagram shows exactly how most of us feel about 14th February: it has become trendy to call this day a “consumer-society non-holiday”. While I also joined the band wagon in this collective snobism, I have been visited by certain doubts: it might actually be possible to look at Valentine’s day at another, more humorous angle. And I concluded that if I didn’t have to swear undying love on Valentine’s Day I might be a little more open to expressing my liking of my SO.

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February calendars

My latest downloadable calendars created with the watercolour splash technique are out for February! Spring might linger on the horizon, but February is still a hard winter month, that’s partly why I chose this deep shade of blue for this month.

By now we are getting profoundly fed up with the cold and darkness that winter is, but there are still a few things left to be happy about: ice skating, skiing and other winter sports, candles, movies watched from under a warm blanket or hours spent in a hot bath, reading.

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 february

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (the latter for smart phone)