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Painterly Illustrations with Amy Shawley

It’s time for another project featuring our Smooth Surface Holiday Bundle! Amy Shawley is a Virginia-based visual artist whose painting and illustration is inspired by nature, texture, lost cities, travel, and dreams. Her work incorporates figurative elements with wildlife, architecture, and landscapes that are influenced by her adventures.Amy teaches art workshops locally & nationally and published her first book in 2015. Amy is also another artist who is a part of Golden’s Working Artist Program. 

Amy demonstrates her “painterly illustrative” style using our Smooth Surface holiday bundle. This collection features a 9×12, 3/4″ cradled Claybord and a 9×12, 7/8″ cradled Artist Panel Primed Smooth and includes two FREE bottles of Golden High Flow Acrylic PaintsIndigo and Green Gold.

Materials Needed:

  • Ampersand Sampler Pack
  • Brushes (Synthetic Hair, Assorted Shapes and Sizes)
  • Graphite Pencil – 2H or 3H
  • Refillable Marker (Fine Nib)

Optional:

  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Etching Tool/Xacto Knife
  • Assorted Acrylic Colors

Step 1: Make a Drawing in Graphite Pencil on the Primed Smooth Panel

Step 2: Prepare your color palette

The sampler pack comes with  Golden High Flow Acrylic in Green Gold and Indigo – both look beautiful on their own but they also mix to make a lovely set of greens!

From right to left, make six puddles of Green Gold starting with 6 drops, then 5, 4, work down to 1…then from left to right, make the same sized puddles with the Indigo

Mix the Green Gold puddles on the top row with the Indigo underneath them to achieve a range of greens.

Try thinning your High Flow colors with water in varying amounts to see how the colors shift as they are diluted. Green Gold starts to look more yellow and the darker greens and Indigo will reveal rich undertones.

Tip: Make larger amounts of your color recipes in a well palette before you start painting!

Step 3: Add color! Start by layering lighter greens then increase saturation with darker greens and the Indigo

Begin with wash layers…

As you layer your washes, use a rag or paper towel to lightly buff color around the Primed Smooth surface – this helps work out any streaks

Step 4: Use a refillable marker with High Flow Indigo inside to add more illustrative marks over your painted illustration!

To fill the marker, unscrew the fittings and take out the nib housing then pour in your paint…

Put the marker back together and charge the nib (by tapping it on a piece of paper) until the paint comes out…

As you draw with your marker, keep a few damp q-tips on hand to use as tools to smudge the line or as erasers.

Tip: The Q-tip can be dampened with water or a slow drying acrylic medium.

Step 5: Put finishing touches on your image by adding in more High Flow layers and/or graphite pencil line!

Bonus Project: Repeat the steps on the Claybord surface with a few additions…

Using a fine sandpaper, lightly sand in between a few layers to add a fun texture!

Use an etching tool or xacto knife to carve fine illustrative lines into the Claybord surface

As you buff the High Flow around with your rag on the sanded and etched Claybord, it will fill in the grooves and look like faint pencil lines!

The smooth surface of Claybord allows a little more time to lift the High Flow – use a brush saturated with water to subtract areas of color…

See what additional colors you have in your paint box to put finishing touches on the Claybord – my additional colors here were Golden Fluid Acrylic in Manganese Blue Hue, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Titanium White, and Carbon Black.

 


Amy Shawley is a Virginia-based visual artist whose painting and illustration is inspired by nature, texture, color, and travel.  Her painting incorporates figurative elements with wildlife, architecture, and landscapes that are influenced by her adventures.

After earning her Art History degree, developing her love of paint, and exhibiting her work in New York and LA, Amy was selected and trained by Golden Artist Colors for their Working Artist Program in 2008.  Amy teaches art workshops locally & nationally and published her first book in 2015.  Visit her website for more info: www.amyshawley.com and www.warrenferrypress.com to check out her books! 

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