Monday, 21 December 2009

Amazing Silverlight Physics Banner

Wow!! look at my amazing new 'Dick and Franny' banner. It was created in Silverlight using physics and other magic stuff.
You can drag and drop the letters & make up exciting new words, or just pile them up in a heap!
Brilliant fun!!

The original static image was taken from my Etsy shop's header, I'm not sure if there is a way I can add it back into Etsy...

Monday, 7 December 2009

Christmas Angel

Original watercolour and ink painting of a Christmas Angel.
I tried out a few techniques for this painting -

1. I started with the sky, painting a mixture of pinks and purples in a wash of watercolour over the whole sky, leaving a curved shape at the bottom white, for the snowy hill. Into the sky I sprinkled salt, to give the snowy effect - as the paint dries the salt absorbs the paint wherever it's sprinkled, leaving an interesting speckled texture.

2. Using a very thinned down wash of lilac/purple I added some shadowy textures to the snowy hill.

3. I painted in the trunk and branches of the trees using some white acrylic. I used this quite thickly, so that the sky didn't show through.

4. Using a selection of coloured fine line pens I drew the angel across the sky. I used blues to outline her dress and yellow and oranges for her hair, halo, wings and trumpet.

5. I used more white acrylic to highlight areas of the angel, and make her stand out from the background. You can still see some of the original pink speckly sky in areas of her dress. I also added touches of yellow watercolour to the trumpet and parts of her wings.

6. The final step brought the whole painting to life - before this the sky was speckled pink all over and the angel and trees weren't standing out enough. I mixed up a large quantity of dilute midnight blue watercolour and painted a wash over the whole sky, being careful to paint round the edges of the angel, and to leave space round the branches of the trees.

I've ordered some Christmas cards using this design, can't wait to see how they turn out!

Angel

This original painting is available in my Etsy and Folksy shops:
Dick and Franny at Etsy
Dick and Franny at Folksy

Friday, 20 November 2009

Francesca Whetnall 2010 - Watercolour Calendar

I've just created a calendar of my watercolours for 2010. I've chosen a broad selection of my paintings from this year. All are watercolours but some have some mixed media elements and one has a bit of collage. I've also selected a combination of still life and landscape paintings as a reflection of the way I paint - moving from one subject and style to the next.

The paintings I've chosen are:

January - Little Window

February - Roses
Roses

March - Yellow Tulips


April - Bluebells
bluebells

May - Forde Abbey
Forde Abbey

June - Boats at Beer
Beer Boats

July - Barcelona Sunshine
Barcelona Sunshine

August - Red Tulips


September - Sunflowers

October - Gold Hill
Gold Hill
November - Have a Nice Day, Mr Shark


December - Winter Shadows
Winter shadows
View the full calendar here:

Monday, 9 November 2009

Sociable

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