Water color illustrations


This week I created a watercolor scientific illustration poster. I used the draw tool on Rapid resizer to create my design and turn photos into  line drawings for tracing. I printed my stencil and traced it on to water color paper using my favourite window tracing transfer method. 

This is a fun way to create art for your home or a personalized gift for a loved one. The subject matter for this type of project is not limited; you could paint anything from fish to leaves, to shells to feathers. 

Watercolor painting is a great way to get familiarized with paint if your are new to it. It's easy to find the materials (most dollar stores carry it) and watercolor paint is very cheap as well. Watercolor is my favourite type of paint to work with. 

Rapid Resizer is based out of Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. We have lots of fresh water rivers and lakes around us, so I thought it would be appropriate to feature the beautiful species of trout that inhabit the waters. I am mesmerized by trout skin. They are beautiful, metallic and vary in color. 

What you'll need:

  • water color paint
  • water color paper
  • a pencil
  • tape

Window Transfer Method

This is the easiest way to transfer patterns on to watercolor or craft paper. Simply tape your pattern and paper to a window so the light comes through and trace your design. No need for a fancy light table.

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Start by adding watered-down shades of color to your painting. I like to start with basic blocks of color and layer on as I go. As you add more color, you can start to see the depth of color. I like to save the details for the very end. 

*if you add too much color or make a mistake, just dap the area with a piece of paper towel.


For the speckles on the skin, I dotted thick white paint at the end with a tiny paint brush. You could use acrylic paint for the scales if you want. 

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