Definition: Aggregate is a collection of items that are gathered together to form a total quantity.

The fleeting moments of knowledge in which we discover our existence are facts that can be committed to memory. We can enlarge this aggregate memory and refashion it as we go through a lifetime. By saving these memories on paper and reconstructing the images of our lives. We see the art of our lives unfolding before us.

Face the brilliance of your most wonderful creations and dwell on your dreams.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Watercolor Tutorial and Stencils

Hello Creatives.....

Sarinda here as your mid week muse with a watercolor, ink and Pan Pastels tutorial. This color palette is one that I was working on in New York a few weeks ago and wanted to see how it looks in this medium. Then I will move onto incorporating it in a glass sculpture. Let me know if you like it?!

Here is what you will need:
Step 1:
I most always choose to do a color palette blending test first. So I used a sheet of watercolor paper that I knew that I would be working on and added two pure colors on the left of the page and the mixed 50% of each color on the right.

Here is the test that I did. You can do this with any colors you wish. Keep in mind warm colors play nice with warm colors and cool colors play nice with cool colors. Otherwise you might get an icky brown... Well I guess I could a good color too. :D
 Step 2:
Using the yellow/green and some light brown I made marks like a school of fish on the lower half of page.
 Step 3:
Here you can see that I added some sweeping reed like plants. Starting with the yellow/green, orange, light brown, medium brown and then black/brown. Don't think about it too much just make some marks.
 Step 4:
Adding some defining line work over the top of the dried watercolor to give some definition.
 Here is a detail of the line work.
 Step 5:
As you probbly know by now that I love the Playful Pods stencils a whole darn lot. lol. I wanted to add some Pan Pastels to the top layer in the lower left corner of thew work.
 Step 6:
Cut down the image to fit your mat and frame. I always work a bit larger to help with the composition of the frame. Sign mat and frame your art.
Here is a detail of the work. I love the flowing look of the watercolors and the colors. It reminds me of a warm summer day listening to the reed grasses sing in the wind.
Much love and kindness to you.


  1. So simple, yet so very beautiful, Sarinda! I love the feeling of movement!

  2. What a lovely colour pallet you have chosen to use for this project
    Your work is beautiful