Recently I’ve been having a strong urge to work with watercolor and paper, and to create something handmade and tangible! So far I have been creating designs and illustrations digitally, using a tablet to pencil down my freehand lines. I miss working with my hands, especially that I started out as a handcrafts designer-maker before taking a detour towards illustration and surface design. This time-lapse video is dubbed “Botanical Watercolor Illustration: Freehand & with Pencil,” and it’s for one of my first attempts in watercolor.
I’m relatively new to watercolor illustration, which I’m beginning to fall in love with. In this video, I’m using a vintage watercolor pan set by Pelikan, called “Deckfarbkasten Super 24.”
I’m using affordable, natural-hair watercolor brushes by Frensh department store, Carrefour. The brushes are in No. 8 and No. 2. These aren’t professional-grade brushes, but I like them much better than my other synthetic ones.
I come from a family of artists – on my mother’s side. Watercolor-filled dishes and palettes, ink bottles, oil color tubes, brushes, and strong aromas emanating from flaxseed oil (which is used as a painting medium), used to be a daily scene in my childhood. These were always stacked against gallery walls in rooms my aunts and uncles used as studios-slash-living rooms or bedrooms.
When I was a teenager and as a young woman in my early twenties, I used to hate watercolor. I used to have a strong bohemian taste, and loved strong, rich and opaque colors – found in kilims, folk arts, and handcrafted items.
But now, I am starting to appreciate the transparent quality of watercolor. I think this is because I have been moving towards a more minimalist aesthetic, and my bohemian taste has been tamed and transformed in so many ways over the past few years.
Starting out as a designer-maker a couple of years ago has given me the chance to work with natural fabrics, copper wire, and other natural mediums. I think this has helped tone down my busy, bohemian style and has made me more appreciative of other less opaque forms of art.