Paint yourself Hollyhock Happy!
Some things just make you happy because they exist and Hollyhocks are one of those things! These flowers come in a variety of colors, but I opted to work in an limited palette to help create harmony. If you look closely, you’ll see a good bit of gray ink in the artwork, but rather than being bold and obvious, it’s subtle and soft. That’s because I opted to use the gray ink found in Tombow Fude (or Fudenosuke) pen (fude rhymes with dude)—it’s gray on one end and black on the other!
A Fude pen makes it easy to capture a variety of lines quickly without having to switch pens for different line weights. We’ll also make use of the Tombow Dual Tip Markers for the lettering. In this class we’ll learn to use a Fude pen, how to vary line weights and then we’ll apply harmonious, nearly analogous colors to our hollyhocks!
Key ingredients to having a successful outcome in this class include having good watercolor paper, the Tombow Fude pen and tracing paper as they play an important roll in the creation of the hollyhocks!
Other important things to know:
Do I Have To Know How To Draw?
No, you do not. You will be provided with step-by-step instructions to create the design and lettering on your paper.
Do I Need To Know How To Paint?
You do need some experience with watercolors, washes, etc. to successfully take this class, but beginners with adventurous and courageous attitudes are always most welcome!
Do I Have To Have Your Exact Supply List?
No, you don't. I encourage you to use what you already have with the exception of specific requirements. Your results will vary from mine regardlesss of whether you're using the exact same pigments as we all paint differently
Laure Ferlita is an accomplished watercolorist residing in sunny Florida. Watercolors, nature, travel, painting on location, sketching for the joy of it, and most especially, color, are her passions!
Vibrant color can be found in almost any subject and its shadows. It is her joy to bring those colors to life on paper with some paint and a little water. For many years, Laure worked as a graphic designer, so you will most likely see a strong graphic element in her work.
She started sharing her joy and love of sketching on location over at ImaginaryTrips.com in 2009 and has helped many "travelers" to find their artistic voice since then.
“Watercolor, for me, is the perfect sketching medium." Laure says. “It provides ease of use, quick color saturation, and clean up is a snap and really, you don't need much equipment. After you move past the hype of how difficult watercolor can be, you find out how much fun it is to get out there and actually create on location. It's way too much fun!"
To see more of Laure's work, please visit her blog, Painted Thoughts or her Instagram account at @laure.ferlita.
Start1 - Drawing Out The Design (10:55)
Start2 - Transferring the Design (4:26)
Start3 - Creating The Background (9:41)
Start4 - Drawing The Foreground (9:56)
Start5 - Painting The Foreground (12:31)
Start6 - Adding More Flowers, Stems & Details (7:52)
Start7 - Adding The Final Details (7:55)