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I am really excited to share today’s post with you all! I love it, and I think you all will too. Let me tell you a little story:
Once upon a time, I was sitting at our dining room table playing around with watercolors, as I often do. I was trying to capture the look of malachite, and, honestly, kind of bombing. But, anyway, as I was messing around – painting wet on wet, wet on dry, sprinkling some salt – Aha! – it hit me. I needed to forget the malachite (for now anyway) and do an agate slice because it was obvious to me that watercolor = the BEST medium for painting agate slices.
The best, you say?
Yes, dangit, that’s what I said! The best! It is abso-tutely the very best for capturing the agate slice’s blending colors; their sparkly, crystalline texture; and slight translucence. You guys – it’s got to be watercolors. All the way.
So I went to work. After a bit of experimentation, I present to you, my e-besties, a simple method for creating your own pretty agate slice paintings. These are really pretty easy to make and a whole lot of fun. Let’s do it!
- Watercolor paper (I prefer 140 lb)
- Painters or Masking tape
- Watercolors (tube or pan colors work)
- Paper towels
- Coarse salt
- Brushes – at least a large and small round (I used a size 8 and a size 0), a large mop brush is optional
Step One – Get Inspiration & Set Up
Step Two – Lay Down a Light Wash
Step Three – Paint Darker Shapes and Outlines
Step Four – Add Texture with Salt
Step Five – Final Details
Yay! Just pick your favorite, download it, print it out on nice cardstock and frame it up. Instant wall art!
These printables may not be distributed or sold and are for personal use only. If you have any questions about using them, please contact me through email at [email protected] Thanks!
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