Thrift stores, on the right days, can be an absolute treasure trove if you go with an open mind and the willingness to look at everything. On one such day, I found a $1 book that intrigued me. The names of three prominent socialites appeared on its cover: First Garden, written by C.Z. Guest, introduced by Truman Capote and illustrated by Cecil Beaton.
To do so, I needed just a few supplies. I had been wanting to try this 36-color watercolor palette, part of the Kid Made Modern line of crafting supplies from Target, for awhile and this project seemed like the perfect reason to take it for a spin.
(a b/w photo or illustration, a cup of water, a paintbrush and a watercolor palette)
The picture above accurately depicts the monochromatic illustration I was working with--it wasn't actually black and white, but green. The floral still life was very pretty as-is, but I could hear it begging for some understated color.
Admittedly, I hadn't touched watercolors since the tenth grade so I was slow and cautious when applying color to the illustration. I started with a light wash of coral for the illustrated poppies and built color gradually--this is really the key with using this medium.
this affordable frame from Target (which I spray painted white) with an over-sized mat. You like?
(all via Meet Me in Philadelphia)No, this isn't a precious piece of artwork, but it sure is pretty all awash in color if you ask me.