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Today's llama watercolor tutorial was inspired by a pop socket! Inspiration can come from the wildest places, right?! I thought he was adorable & decided to challenge myself. I'm using my Daniel Smith watercolors, some Noodler's fountain pen ink, and a little gouache at the end. This one is simple, so even if you're a beginner ...come paint with me!!
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I get A LOT of requests for llamas from my students, and I've actually only ever done one - believe it or not!! He was done "hamburger style," with collage and acrylics.
For today's watercolor llama tutorial, I'm using a single sheet of Fabriano cold pressed watercolor paper. When I want a single sheet of watercolor paper, I typically reach for cold pressed paper because I LOVE the texture. Cold pressed watercolor paper is "bumpy" and has a gorgeous texture under anything you do from watercolor to drawing.
Today I felt like doing something a bit different and selected a sheet of Fabriano hot pressed paper, which is SUPER smooth!
If you're interested in learning how to draw a llama, watercolor illustration or watercolor drawing ideas- this project is very simple.
I used my graph gear mechanical pencil to lay out the initial drawing, and later decided to stylize my lines with a wiggly/ whimsical look instead of keeping them firm and controlled.
Since this is a watercolor illustration project, I'm OF COURSE using my Daniel Smith watercolors. If you're new to Daniel Smith, here's more about why I'm obsessed with them, plus advice on how to start your first collection.
I also recently did a video on how to build a travel watercolor palette using Daniel Smith watercolors. If you've got a trip coming up, this is perfect for you!
I used the shade cascade green by Daniel Smith to shade the cacti. I'm using some brand new Polina Bright watercolor brushes all the way from Australia in this video!
If you follow me, you know I typically use my silver velvet brushes, but have really fallen in love with a recent splurge- watercolor brushes created by Polina Bright in Australia.
They're a bit expensive if you buy the full set of four, but I love her work and decided to give them a try.
If you're looking for a watercolor brush that's more middle of the road price-wise, I absolutely LOVE my Mimik Brushes by Creative Mark. I find that they actually come to a point much better than my Silver Black Velvet brushes, so I find myself reaching for these quite a bit!
Look at how juicy that gorgeous blue is below!! It's actually NOT watercolor, but fountain pen ink - straight outta the bottle!! If you're new to my work, fountain pen ink is another mixed media art supply I'm obsessed with an often work into my watercolor paintings, or do complete projects with.
This particular shade of blue is turquoise fountain pen ink by Noodler's. It's SO rich and dreamy. If you've never tried painting with fountain pen inks, this is a MUST - especially if you love watercolor.
I've collected a TON of these inks over the last couple of years and actually store my inks in these gorgeous, vintage purfume bottles that I find when I'm thrifting. If you're interested in learning more about how to paint with fountain pen inks - be sure to check that video out!
I finished up today's adorable llama with some teensy white polka dots using opaque white gouache. So fun!!
I hope you had fun watching or CREATING this project right along with me today!! If you're interested in doing this watercolor llama step by step in real time with me - it's part of the Mixed Media Society project collection.
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