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Yesterday, I decided to combine two of my old and new passions into one project: a bento box painted with gouache!

I dug through my bento box photo archives and found a photo with a lot of bright colors and simple shapes to reproduce. Then I traced the basic outline onto watercolor paper and went to town painting it.

You can see (nearly) the full process in this video:

And if you’re curious, this is the original photo that I worked from. Pretty close, right?

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Gouache floral experiments | Wendolonia

I’ve been playing around with gouache again (instead of starting my taxes) and last night I painted three small floral pieces.

After my last try, I was pretty frustrated so I started looking around for some better instructional videos. I’ve been digging around YouTube and watching stuff here and there and I also finally signed up for a Skillshare membership. I found a couple of GREAT classes there and decided to give it another go. This time, I was determined to keep it simple and I painted some simplified florals on colored backgrounds. This allowed me to take advantage of one of the best characteristics of gouache paints — the ability to layer lighter colors over darks.

For my first try, really went for it. I painted a circle of black and then layered it with pink flowers and vines inspired by cherry blossoms.

Gouache floral experiments | Wendolonia

Then, I used the pink paint I had leftover to put down a base layer and topped that off with some daisies.

Gouache floral experiments | Wendolonia

Finally, I lightened up the green I had left from the daisy stems and painted some forget-me-nots over the top.

I was much happier with these paintings than I was with my house painting I did a few weeks ago. I think flowers are more forgiving in a lot of ways, and simplifying the patters allowed me to really concentrate on my brushwork and getting the right paint consistency.

Slowly but surely!

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A Day in San Francisco with a Teen and a Tween

April 5, 2019

My kids were born in the San Francisco Bay Area and have lived here all their lives, but there are a number of classic SF sites they’ve never seen. As they get older, they’ve started to notice that there are places and activities that people who live out of the area have visited that they’ve […]

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Oh My Gouache!

April 2, 2019

Oh my gouache! I’ve recently been messing around with a new-to-me material – gouache. If you don’t know — and I didn’t a few weeks ago — gouache is very similar to watercolor but it is more heavily pigmented. This gives it an opaque, matte finish. (And if you’re not sure, it’s pronounced “gwash”.) This […]

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Plan with Me – March 2019

March 5, 2019

I started bullet journaling to keep myself organized a looooooong time ago. Five years ago, to be exact. Since then, I’ve been more or less devoted to it at various times. I find that my planning is pretty sparse during the summer months in particular. But like so many people the new year always gives […]

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Traveler’s Notebook Layout – Jump

January 24, 2019

Today I’m sharing a quick layout I made in my most recent traveler’s notebook — a page about Augie and his buddy jumping on our new trampoline! I walk you through my process in the video below: If you don’t want to watch the video, here is a quick run-down of how I put the […]

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