52 Weeks of Watercolor Painting - 2017 #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorPaintings #StillmanAndBirn

If you are here for my giveaway of a Rhodiarama Softcover DotGrid Journal, which ends tonight, you can find it here.  Come back in a week or so and I'll be doing a giveaway of a Stillman & Birn Delta Softcover!

I really enjoyed my '52 Weeks of Watercolor Birds' in 2016.  This year I'm going to do another 52 Weeks of Paintings, but I'll choose a different theme each month.

Does anyone want to join along?

I'll post my theme, and the photos I plan to use as reference each month.  You wouldn't have to use watercolor - just try to do something each week that's close to the theme.  If enough of you seem to be interested, I'll start up a Facebook group where we can share our work.

I'm switching to a Stillman and Birn 9x12 Beta series wirebound sketchbook.  Much better paper, and a larger size.  It only has 50 pages, but the 9 x 12 is big enough that I can do a couple of two-to-a-page paintings.

I had to photograph this at an angle because of the metallic paint I used, and the colors shift a bit if you turn the book in the light, so it's kind of cool, but not easy to photograph.

I painted the cover using Daler-Rowney metallics & Golden acrylic paint.  Starting with metallic green, I squeezed a little color directly on the cover, then spread it thin with a paper towel. This was repeated with metallic yellow, pearl white, then ending with Golden's Ultramarine Blue.  I dotted on the stars and sun with Sharpie paint pens and used the white one to write my title.

I think it took about 1/2 hour actual work (more like 2 hours time with wating for layers to dry in-between).

I used a photo from Pixabay as inspiration.  My theme for January is Fiddlehead Ferns!
My reference photos are: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4