After creating tall, vertical weekly setups for some time, I decided to change up my layout with a horizontal spread. What better way to fill a wide space than with a mysterious fantasy blue forest?
- Archer & Olive Watercolor Dot Grid Journal
- Sennelier Watercolors
- Grumbacher round paintbrushes
- Sakura Micron Drawing Pen
- Heat tool
This blue forest was created with a negative painting technique. Basically, I used negative space to outline each tree, gradually making the background trees darker and darker. This is what gives the effect of the trees fading into the darkness. To speed up this process, I use a heat tool to dry my layers quickly.
Then, once the trees were all outlined, I used a small round brush to paint the dark areas around all the branches. This fine detail work took a bit of time to do, but yielded some stunning results. The final trees almost look like stained glass windows!
Finally, once the forest was all buttoned up, I swiped a single stripe of blue for each day of the week. I used my drawing pen to quickly letter a simple cursive header for each section.
Watch the Set Up
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Add a Little Mystery
I find forests to be so provocative and interesting. They can be dark and spooky or bright and cheerful — there are so many ways to shape a forest theme to your whim. Perhaps next time I’ll use lots of colors for the branch details and really lean into the stained glass look!
When you’re thinking up your forest theme, think about how you can make it fit your mood. You can dramatically change the feel of your forest by switching up seasons, adding animals, adding a water feature like a river, or evening changing up the trees themselves — a forest of birch trees feels very different from a forest of gnarled old oaks. Be imaginative and come up with a forest all your own!
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