Deb Wainwright created this fabulous hand drawn elephant in her art journal
I was inspired to create Elly after a visit to Breton Country Park where in one of their galleries I saw a collection of circus paintings in ink and watercolour. One was of a magnificent elephant in her full finery, and I just knew then, that I wanted to create something similar!
First I wet the paper and then added my colour, letting them bleed out. I worked quickly so the colours didn't dry and were able to blend seamlessly. I kept the colours light in the central area to contrast with the elephant.
I lightly sketched the elephant in place so I was able to see where to add my bubbles and later my stars. I then built up the colour on the elephant with pencils. I also used a water brush with the pencils as it gave me more control.
I stamped the flowers in place, but as I wanted Elly to be the feature, I left them just inked in black. I love the balance it gave to the piece as it picked up on the black ink work on Elly.
|This project first featured in the February 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine|