👋 Jenna from @naptimepress here to take on today’s prompt: plants!
As it turns out, this prompt is PERFECT for me. I adore plants. I own exactly one plant & have nearly killed it many times. I’m much better at taking care of paintings of plants! I am a watercolorist but have recently been exploring line drawing with brush pens. For my plant piece I decided to combine the two!
I picked out the lovely Calathea makoyana to paint. I love the whimsical pattern on the leaves. I started with the light green of the leaves & then used a wet on wet technique to add a darker shade to the edges of each leaf. By alternating leaves I was able to paint continuously without one leaf bleeding into another. They had time to dry before I painted their neighbors. Next, I used a smaller brush to add in the dark green pattern. Turning your page as you paint can be very helpful with detail work like this. Once that dried, I went back in with a brush pen. By adjusting the pressure I applied to the tip, the line width has some fun variation & character.
A bit about me, I used to be a sign artist at Trader Joe’s. It was loads of fun but destroyed my wrist. It took 3 years to find a doctor that could help me. During that time I had a baby. The injury actually was a blessing that allowed me to be a SAHM for the majority of my son’s first 3 years. I started painting as a way to use his naps for more than TV. Hence the name “naptimepress”. Now that he’s nearly 4, I’ve returned to being a preschool teacher... so we go to work together!
Art supplies wise, I am addicted to handmade watercolors from talented makers on Etsy. For paper I prefer anything from Legion and the brushes I use are by Princeton.
My biggest piece of advice would be to try and create everyday. It’s a cliche for a reason. When I first started, I joined SO many challenges. It was a great way to push myself to try new things, create daily and get connected to this wonderful community. I also fill my feed with inspiring accounts such as the local nursery (@walterandersens ) where I got the reference photo for this piece! ....
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