Fairy Tale Gingerbread House And Simple365

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Summer  is a time for me to stay indoors, clean up my workspace, get my act together and plan ahead, but always with room for spontaneity.    This year however, the planner pages remain empty.  I am finding myself increasingly wanting to work on and experiment with new materials and ideas.  That includes thinking of alternate twists on old stories.

 

Before I go into the story behind this painting, let me share another set of my Simple 365 photos. 

 

Simple 365 – Set 2

Please Click on the image thumbnails to see the photos.

 

 

Previous Sets –

Simple 365 – Set 1

 

Early this year, I started taking daily photos of simple, everyday things to remind me to be happy.  These are truly everyday photos that mostly reflect my days and my life.

 

 

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A few months back, I was sketching of a gingerbread house right at the edge of the wood. 

 

A little tip for watercolour painting

I almost always start my paintings by drawing in a sketchbook or on large sheets of loose paper, NEVER directly on watercolour paper.  Erasing unwanted marks damages the watercolour paper, and you can never really get rid of the erased pencil imprints. 

Once I am happy with my drawing, I use my light-board to trace the final drawing on the watercolour paper before I start painting.

 

 

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Originally, the witch at the door was not part of the painting.  I was thinking of sweets and icing for the house itself.  I also enjoyed painting the wicked woods and the bramble that lay behind the house. 

I was happy with the painting, but without the witch it didn’t feel complete.  As I was drawing her, I thought: “What if she is not a horrid witch as the stories portray her, but a kind one?”

 

 

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Once someone enters the wicked woods, they never return. She is there to protect wandering children from entering the woods by luring them into the gingerbread house.  She sends the children who are truly lost home.  For the ones who have run away from bad homes, she finds a happy home. 

For me, she embodies hope.  That’s at least my version of the story and I am sticking to it!

 

Prints of the Fairy Tale Gingerbread House are available in my shop.  I would like to think it would make a wonderful gift for book lovers,  adults and children alike. 

Hope you liked my version of the story. I would also love to know which of the Simple 365 photos from this set you liked.

 

Wishing you a happy week ahead,
-Soma

 

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Flowers Of The Deep – Marabu Ink Review

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A few months ago, I was strolling through the art supply store in search of something new.  I noticed a small bottle of watercolour ink with the name Petrol on it.  I love the teal colour and it was an extremely affordable ink.  Naturally, it came home with me.  Thus I was introduced to the company Marabu.  

 

 

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As I painted with the petrol ink, I found it wonderfully pigment-rich.  Soon afterwards, I got a set of the primary colour inks.

These inks do not come with dropper-tops.  Pouring makes a big mess.  Also, you only need a few drops.  So getting a few droppers is good idea.

 

 

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I was able to create many colours from the six bottles that I got.

The colours lift off very easily.  If you like layering, you will have to adjust for that.

However, if you like to add details by lifting off colours, you will love working with these inks. 

As a beginner, you are in luck.  If you are unsatisfied with a part of your painting, you can lift off the colour and redo that area as long as your paper holds up.  After you lift off the paint, let the paper dry completely over the next 24 hours before you paint on it again.

 

 

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Since watercolour inks are already liquid, I find it extremely easy to work with them.  These inks have very low to no granulation, resulting in smooth wash and painting. 

The inks also flow very easily on both wet and dry paper. 

 

 

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Although I used Canson XL Series mixed media paper for my painting, I suggest the Canson XL Series watercolour paper. It is much thicker, good quality, easily acquired, and very affordable.

The leftover dried inks in the palette re-wet easily too.  So no waste there.

 

If you are at the verge of wanting to try watercolour painting, definitely go this route.  You won’t regret it.

 

 

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As for my painting, I started off drawing the flowers with nothing specific in mind.  As I continued to paint, it started looking like an undersea plant.

 

 

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I fell in love with the deep ocean idea and called it  Flowers Of The Deep.  Felt very adventurous.  Prints are now available in my shop.  Would make a nice gift for any fantasy and scifi reader or a nature lover.

 

Hope you liked the painting and that it inspires you to play and have fun.

 

Until next time,
-Soma

 

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