Ribbit Ribbit Ribbit

On Saturday morning’s I like to join in with the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. It is probably my favourite challenge.

Today we had a visit to Ten Thousand Villages. What is Ten Thousand Villages. From their website I took the following:

Ten Thousand Villages is more than a store. We’re a global maker‑to‑market movement. We’re a way for you to shop with intention for ethically-sourced wares — and to share in the joy of connecting with makers in ten thousand villages.

As a pioneer of fair trade, we do business differently, putting people and planet first. That means you can trust that every handmade purchase you make from us directly impacts the life and community of its maker in a developing country.

I was very much in the mood for some water colour today. When I saw this frog, I was immediately reminded of a frog that we painted in the classes I attend. I fetched the line drawing and sized it down for a card.

That was all it took. I painted using my water colour palette using mostly Schmincke and Winsor Newton paints today, along with Arches Cold Press 140lb water colour paper.

I used Cadmium Yellow Light and May Green on the frog, along with Cadmium Red Deep and Transparent Orange on the hands. On the body I used Violet, French Ultramarine and some Payne’s Gray. For the eyes, to make the black I used Payne’s Gray, Sepia and Alizarin Crimson (which has a red undertone). I outlined the eyes using Daniel Smith Cadmium Yellow. The red is also the Cadminum Red Deep. For the very dark background I used Daniel Smith Green Apatite, and for the leaf I used Daniel Smith Sap Green and bits of the Green Aparite for shading. I used my Posca Pen for the white, laying down the colour on my work surface and painting on with my paintbrush. I also added some Schmincke Naples Yellow to the lip area.

The raindrops were done with bleach and a bit of paint.

Needless to say I had a lot of fun painting this today. I will give the card to a friend who loves frogs, her birthday is soon.

I hope you will give watercolouring a try. It is intimidating at first, but there are many line drawings online that can be traced and painted to get the feel of it. I will say, you get what you pay for, so do try and get decent water colours to use.

I would suggest Winsor Newton and/or Schmincke as they are reasonably priced to start. If you are in Canada, I would suggest Jackson’s Art Supply. On my side bar there is a link that will give you a 10% discount on your first order. I have always received my order in 7 days coming from the UK. I don’t get the USA that quickly unless I pay a small fortune. Jackson’s is reasonably priced.

Thank you for stopping by today. I have included links for the watercolours from Blicks in the USA. For Canadians, as I suggested above, I suggest Jackson’s Art Supply. Use the link I provided and search the colours provided for your 10% discount.

One Comment
  1. This is fabulous, Kia! The frog is so life-like, and the colours are perfect. You need to teach me how to do those raindrops!!

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