Hi, hi! It’s Carmen Medlin, Signature Designer for The Crafter’s Workshop. I’m going to show you a very tropical-looking sea turtle art piece I made with my stencil designs TCW610 Sea Turtles 12×12 and TCW613 Pretty Succulents 12×12.
I made a 10×8″ space for this project, and started by using a stencil brush with my gouache paints to tap in the large sea turtle diving off of the page.
Next, I created anenome-like shapes using one of the Pretty Succulents. I wanted some of them to be a darker blue than the turtle, and some of them in pinks and oranges for a warm contrast.
I painted in more flowy anenome shapes to fill in around the stencil anenomes, this time using a fine-tipped waterbrush. I wanted to put some text in there, and it is easiest to do that by sketching it out first in pencil.
Some of the stenciled succulent-anenomes got a little lost, so I defined them further with more paint. I also followed the pencil lines to paint “Go with the Flow…”
Wouldn’t it be neat if this turtle were diving into the ocean? Yeah! I whipped out my indigo blue marker for this part. Adding little bubbles at the end of the splashes made the water even splashier. There’s a bit of colored pencil in there too for more color above water.
Hey, more bubbles! I made these by sketching circles in white colored pencil first, then adding the highlights with white gouache. Tropical goodness!
Here is a list of the materials I used:
TCW610 Sea Turtles 12×12
- Stencil brush
- Sakura Koi Water Brush, small
- Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, vellum surface
- Holbein Artists’ Gouache
- Koh-i-noor Progresso Woodless Colored Pencils
- Letraset Promarker in Indigo Blue
I hope you enjoyed this walkthrough!