Rose Leaf Study

Looks like this month turned out to be a leaf study month. ūüôā It’s a wonderful journey to be in. The ride is smooth, sometimes bumpy but definitely satisfying. I’ve learned a lot and have been learning more. Each leaf has it’s own story, it’s own history, it’s own voice to be heard. Listening to each leaf’s story is a privilege and I’m glad to be given this gift.

This week my journey is with a rose leaf. Reference photos came from dreamstime. I tried to incorporate both negative and positive techniques from Angela Fehr’s tutorial.


Watercolor Rose Leaf, 6 x 9in., in  140lb canson montval

Lessons learned:

  • i used the other half of my canson montval paper from last week’s basil leaf study¬†¬†and had a superb time with very minimal buckling.
  • i am beginning to have fun working on a limited palette. for the leaf itself i used holbein yellow grey, sennelier hooker’s green and w&n permanent sap green and payne’s gray for the thorny part of the leaf, i used holbein perylene maroon and w&n permanent alizarin crimson
  • combining two techniques was an awesome experience. it made me appreciate the leaf’s story more.
  • with this leaf, i practiced patience, letting colors dry in between washes, i hope that i could do that with every painting i do in the future.
  • the learning road is still long, slippery at times, bumpy at most but with perseverance no road is too long.

Enjoy the day dear friends!


Basil Leaf Study

I had such a great time with Angela Fehr’s leaves tutorial last week that I made another leaf study. This time I chose a basil leaf. Reference photo came from dreamstime.

In this study I used the negative technique Angela taught from the tutorial and my favorite graded wash technique to blend colors.


Watercolor Basil Leaf 6 x 9 in 140lb canson montval

Lessons learned:

  • respond to what your heart is calling you to create – most times I have a subject in mind but my heart is calling out for another. does this happen to you too?
  • ¬†choosing a subject with limited color helps a lot – it was somehow easy to dissect the colors from the reference photo and come up with the same color scheme from the palette that I have. do you also enjoy experimenting with mixing colors?
  • use good quality paper – by far this is the second time i’ve used this paper and the ¬†cheapest good quality watercolor paper i can get locally. from the Filipino watercolor forum i am part of, it is mostly used by beginner and intermediate watercolorists. it is 10x the price of a canson 200gsm watercolor paper but it is worth saving u for. ¬†i’m glad this paper loves the ¬†wet on wet technique with no to minimal buckling.
  • patience, patience, patience – patience is a virtue i am having difficulty of practicing. lol! i guess i am not alone!

What I hope to achieve through practice:

  • proper color mixing
  • the ability to ‘see’ light from other angles other than from the top
  • practice more patience

Happy day dear friends! Keep on inspiring! ‚̧ ‚̧ ‚̧


Color Explosion: 3 Leaves, 3 Techniques

I thought today might be a wonderful day to share, watch and learn.

I chose a short video from Angela Fehr.

Its always a joy to watch Angela work her magic and share her experiences and tips on how to achieve what we want in our paintings. Her demonstrations are easy to understand and follow.

Below is my work following her video.


For the embossing technique, I used an embossing tool from my scrapbooking supplies. I hope that you are able to see the marks I did. I tried my best to press down on the tool while doing the veins.

Positive painting was the easiest technique to do. We are all used to put paint onto paper and that’s just about it.

The negative painting technique was what I am hoping to learn and achieve out of the three techniques presented. I was not as bold as Angela and made guidelines for my veins. More work with thinner vein spacing and additional vein detail. Still, I am fairly pleased with the outcome for a first timer.

To make the leaves more semi-realistic, I added a bit of shading.


Looking back at my previous watercolor paintings, I noticed that I always gravitate to ¬†the graded wash technique as exhibited here and here. Watching, learning and following Angela’s video opened me up to be brave and try other techniques. I fell in love with the negative painting technique and would probably explore on that more.

Tuesday morning spent learning, enjoying and playing my heart out.

What have you been learning recently?