This week I got in a summery mood (we can but hope!) by trying my hand at some watercolour beech huts. A while ago I saw a quirky beech hut print in the Range and really liked it. I have been playing around with some watercolour pencils of late and decided to have a go my beech huts with them. I drew the initial design with a pencil and ruler and then started to colour it in. It is all a bit rough and ready as I am not well practiced in drawing and painting…yet!
I thought that the huts looked nice once they were fully coloured in despite the blotches and smudges!
The huts did look nice on the white backgorund and I was very tempted to keep them on it. However, I decided to take a chance and add some sky and sand.
I was happy with how the picture turned out in the end. Definitely need some proper watercolour paper next time though. Once it was dry I scanned the picture to my computer and used Gimp (an open source Photoshop type software) to remove the biggest errors and just generally tidy it up. I also added some text and coloured some of the letters in with colours from the painting. I copied the image into Word and positioned it so that it would print in the right position on my folded card. This took a few attempts to get right. After a few tests on paper I ran some card through and it printed like a dream.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out and think that I could get something of a nice quality with a bit more practice. The scan worked so well and came out surprisingly clear! I have plans for a bicycle, birdcage and cake stand card to follow!