Watercolors of Campsites and Mountains

…and experimenting with eco-friendly art supplies!

Here are some watercolors I did last year! As I mentioned in my botanical ink post, I’ve been experimenting with eco-friendly art supplies. These were done with Natural Earth Paint*, which come as bags of powdered pigment that you have to mix with a binding agent yourself, and spoon into the little watercolor pans. So that was fun!

Here is a bit of backstory for each picture:

The four pictures that make up the top and left borders were painted on location (or plein air if we’re being fancy and French) while camping on Santa Cruz Island. I did some outlining with a fountain pen when I got back.

It took me a while to get the hang of watercolor again, after doing so much monochrome, which is why the first two have a subtle rainbow effect going on. I like it, though it’s not quite intentional.

The other three that make up the right and bottom borders are painted from photos of the Himalayas that my sister took. I took two scans of the first one with slightly different settings, and I can’t decide which I like better.

More pictures to come as I get them scanned and uploaded!

*Not a sponsored post, by the way.

2 thoughts on “Watercolors of Campsites and Mountains”

  1. You use the description “backstory”. I have a different feel when I see the pictures. Each has deep emotions I felt … each it’s own story. Maybe it’s my transference. You did put some (moment) in it though.

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