Adding these to my paintings really helped to liven them up. They add a subtle shimmer and make the images stand out. I love using these on my watercolours.
This floral painting (above) is made with regular watercolours except for the yellow. I added some gold to my Hansa Yellow Light watercolour paint and what a difference did it make! The painting softly glows and has such an appeal. Don't you think?
Here's another one. The blue Angel:
On this Blue Angel II painting I used blue and lavender shimmer watercolors on the hair and shimmer pinks and peaches in the face of the character. Some Gold was used on the wings. Love the effect!
Here are some handmade watercolor sets with shimmery pigments, available via my website or Etsy shop:
Earth Sea Handmade watercolor paints set by Elena Art Pages
This is a fun set of handmade Artist quality watercolour paints.
9 full pans.
Tin size: 4 inches x 3.75 inches, height: 0.75 inch. Metal tin.
The colours are:
1-YELLOW OCHER 2-BEIGE COPPER (SHIMMER PIGMENT) 3-BURNT SIENNA 4-INDIAN RED 5-CASCADE GREEN (shimmer) 6-SPRING GREEN 7-COBALT TURQUOISE LIGHT 8-SCARAB BLUE (beautiful blue black with iridescent shimmer) 9-RAW UMBER
I use no fillers, just pure pigment and binder. Some colors may contain honey and are a bit more "liquid". I use pure Canadian honey. Some cracking of the paints is natural (it doesn't affect the quality of the paints).
I love adding metallics to my paintings, they add such life! But this time I am having fun painting flowers on Black paper. I am using a small sketchbook with black paper by Stillman & Birn, Nova Series, size 5 x 3 inches. I tis super cute and the paper is lovely. I have to mention that the paper almost did not buckled, although I used plenty of water. I am very impressed with quality. Anyway, here's the description of the actual palette I used. Handmade watercolors 8 color set, BEAUTIFUL SHIMMER PALETTE
Hand made by myself, Elena at JournalArtPages.com.
All of these paints are handmade with artist pigment. All metallic shimmery pigments, some are iridescent. The photos were taken during the day, so some if the glow is difficult to capture.
12 half pans
Tin size: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 inch x 6 cm (2.5 inch) x 2 cm (0.8 inch). Tin as shown.
The colours are:
1-IRIDESCENT SHADOW PURPLE with duo blue mica 2-BLUE BREEZE 3-ICY BLUE 4-TURQUOISE Shimmer 5-WARM BROWN SHIMMER 6-IRIDESCENT LAVENDER (beautiful soft duo shimmer pigment) 7-MAGENTA iridescent 8-GOLD GREEN 9-PEARL PINK 10-SCARAB RED (gorgeous iridescent warm red with duotone glow) 11-IRIDESCENT ICE PINK 12-SHADOW SHIMMER (dark gray sort of GRAPHITE shimmer color) Thanks for viewing. If you have any custom requests for your watercolours, please write me an email, and I can make one for you (hopefully I have the colours in stock!:)
I know we want to mix our own skin tone. But, honestly, sometimes, I REALLY prefer to use something that will get me started, especially when I want to stay consistent with the colour in my illustrations.
SKIN TONE PALETTE (MINI)
I came up with this mini palette of 6 colours that I use the most, when painting my characters. The colours are:
TITAN BUFF FLESH GOLDEN YELLOW SUNSHINE YELLOW ROSEBERRY SIENNA Handmade watercolours in a travel mini tin. All of these paints are handmade with artist pigment.
6 half pans.
LARGE SKIN TONE PALETTE
And, of course, if you do like to mix an absolute huge variety of skin tones, we can go a bit back to the basics and (gosh forbid we forget how to mix), I made an extended version of this palette. I find that this combinations of pigments will give you A LOT OF CHOICES, lol. TITAN BUFF FLESH GOLDEN YELLOW LIGHT YELLOW PINK SIENNA ALIZARIN RED WARM BLUE UMBER BROWN
Well, if you had a chance to try these colors and used them for your SKIN TONE palette, I would love to hear from you.
I love to use opaque watercolors and gouache, especially when I paint my whimsical characters with layering colors. It is so much fun, because gouache creates such wonderful smooth finish and the painting is so velvety to the touch. It is nice to work with good quality paints as well.