Northern Lights


Welcome to Watercolour Wednesday. Our challenge as you can see, was to paint the Northern Lights, something I have never done before. I think this is something that takes practice.

I used Daniel Smith watercolours in numerous colours, which I will link below. For the black on my trees I mixed together the three (3) primary colours, being Red, Blue and Yellow. 

For this card I am working with Arches 140# Cold Press watercolour paper. It took quite a few layers of watercolour, drying between each layer to get the colours I wanted, so it is a bit time consuming. But as each layer showed the richer colours, it was a fun process.

The video for our challenge can be found here.

Once I finished the water colouring I splattered the piece with Dr. Ph. Martin's White watercolour. I wanted the splatters done before the trees so they would be in the background, not on top of the trees.

As I mentioned, I mixed up the Red, Blue and Yellow and painted out the trees. I did some fun trees as I was running out of daylight and still had to take my photographs.

To finish I attached my panel to a black card base.

I should mention that for the purple I used Winsor Violet (Dioxazine). I prefer this colour to the ones that Daniel Smith has. 

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  1. Beautiful! I bought some new water color brushes this week, hoping it will improve my skills. LOL May have to give this a try this week.

  2. This is gorgeous. I have been wanting to try this so maybe I will do it this week for the challenge at Splitcoast :).

  3. Wow...Gorgeous Northern Lights sky and wonderful painted silhouette trees and white splatters for stars, Kia. TFS Hugs...Nancy


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