3D layered watercolour painting - Sea Turtle

I'm linking this post up to WOYWW, although this time I don't have any photos of my workdesk. Evening crept up on me and my camera is not too keen on functioning in the dark!

Popping up frequently on my Pinterest feed are some beautiful examples of paper cutting which I've been safely tucking away on my pin boards ready for a flash of creative inspiration to strike. Well, strike it did at the beginning of the week and I came up with this. An 3.5" x 2.5" miniature layered 3D watercolour painting.

3D painting

To give you an idea of how small (and fiddly!) it is, here's a photo of me holding it.


My main inspiration for incorporating watercolour into a 3D paper cut design came from KateCreates, an artist who I've been following on Facebook for a while. Her wonderful Facebook page can be found here and her website here. She creates cheerful pieces featuring campervans, boats, quirky houses and portraits. Her work is layered which gives a lovely feeling of depth, especially in those featuring jumbled houses inspired by Cornish villages.


As for the subject matter, since spotting sea turtles on a snorkelling trip from Perhentian Kecil in the Perhentian Islands, Malyasia, I've had a little soft spot for them. Sadly, according to www.seeturtles.org, six of the seven species of these graceful creatures are threatened or endangered by human activity. They are incredible reptiles which spend the majority of their lives at sea, the females only coming ashore to lay their eggs every 2 to 5 years.

Long Beach Perhentian Kecil
The beautiful Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia


I wanted to capture the grace and beauty of these animals and they way they interact with their environment. A quick browse on Google Images threw up many photographs of them swimming with fish around vibrant coral reefs. I combined several elements to create an original underwater scene.

I started by drawing out each layer, three in total. They were outlined in waterproof black ink, painted in watercolours and left to dry thoroughly before wedging them in a heavy book to flatten them. Then came the tricky bit, cutting out each layer with a craft knife. I began to regret choosing such wiggly corals for the foreground! An hour and a few hand cramps later, I had all the layers ready to assemble. They are stuck together with very small squares of adhesive foam tape, a couple of layers in the case of the turtle to bring it up to the right level.

 Et voilà! Now it is stuck on my wall alongside my other miniature creations :)

If you have enjoyed this post, please consider sharing using one of the buttons on the right-hand-side. I love to read your comments too! Some of my paintings are for sale in my Etsy shop if you fancy taking a look :)

Today I'm sharing this post here: WOYWW, Domesblissity, Lovely Ladies Linky, Pretty Things for You, Savvy Southern Style, Cornerstone Confessions, Paint Party Friday, Blue Chair Diary Illustrations, Handmade Harbour and Manon Popje's Illustrations.

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Clare Willcocks: 3D layered watercolour painting - Sea Turtle

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

3D layered watercolour painting - Sea Turtle

I'm linking this post up to WOYWW, although this time I don't have any photos of my workdesk. Evening crept up on me and my camera is not too keen on functioning in the dark!

Popping up frequently on my Pinterest feed are some beautiful examples of paper cutting which I've been safely tucking away on my pin boards ready for a flash of creative inspiration to strike. Well, strike it did at the beginning of the week and I came up with this. An 3.5" x 2.5" miniature layered 3D watercolour painting.

3D painting

To give you an idea of how small (and fiddly!) it is, here's a photo of me holding it.


My main inspiration for incorporating watercolour into a 3D paper cut design came from KateCreates, an artist who I've been following on Facebook for a while. Her wonderful Facebook page can be found here and her website here. She creates cheerful pieces featuring campervans, boats, quirky houses and portraits. Her work is layered which gives a lovely feeling of depth, especially in those featuring jumbled houses inspired by Cornish villages.


As for the subject matter, since spotting sea turtles on a snorkelling trip from Perhentian Kecil in the Perhentian Islands, Malyasia, I've had a little soft spot for them. Sadly, according to www.seeturtles.org, six of the seven species of these graceful creatures are threatened or endangered by human activity. They are incredible reptiles which spend the majority of their lives at sea, the females only coming ashore to lay their eggs every 2 to 5 years.

Long Beach Perhentian Kecil
The beautiful Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia


I wanted to capture the grace and beauty of these animals and they way they interact with their environment. A quick browse on Google Images threw up many photographs of them swimming with fish around vibrant coral reefs. I combined several elements to create an original underwater scene.

I started by drawing out each layer, three in total. They were outlined in waterproof black ink, painted in watercolours and left to dry thoroughly before wedging them in a heavy book to flatten them. Then came the tricky bit, cutting out each layer with a craft knife. I began to regret choosing such wiggly corals for the foreground! An hour and a few hand cramps later, I had all the layers ready to assemble. They are stuck together with very small squares of adhesive foam tape, a couple of layers in the case of the turtle to bring it up to the right level.

 Et voilà! Now it is stuck on my wall alongside my other miniature creations :)

If you have enjoyed this post, please consider sharing using one of the buttons on the right-hand-side. I love to read your comments too! Some of my paintings are for sale in my Etsy shop if you fancy taking a look :)

Today I'm sharing this post here: WOYWW, Domesblissity, Lovely Ladies Linky, Pretty Things for You, Savvy Southern Style, Cornerstone Confessions, Paint Party Friday, Blue Chair Diary Illustrations, Handmade Harbour and Manon Popje's Illustrations.

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23 Comments:

At 30 October 2013 at 11:15 , Blogger alarmcat said...

your little painting is awesome!!! i'm so impressed with the close cutting with the craft knife!! dangerous stuff there!

 
At 30 October 2013 at 12:28 , Blogger dix said...

Wow! I really enjoyed reading your post and seeing your amazing art! Very meticulous and creative!
And your photos of Malaysia are stunning! thanks for sharing. dix #87

 
At 30 October 2013 at 14:40 , Blogger Ilona Heimböckel said...

A wonderful little creation of great art :-)
What a lovely under-water scene!
Ilona

 
At 30 October 2013 at 15:29 , Blogger Ali H said...

this is stunning - love it - worth all the hard work ! Ali #28

 
At 30 October 2013 at 22:42 , Blogger ike said...

OMGoodness Clare - that is soooo beautiful :-) Such a gorgeous little masterpiece :-D

HAPPY WOYWW 230

Hugz

IKE in Greece #63 xxxx

 
At 31 October 2013 at 05:25 , Blogger Lunch Lady Jan said...

Goodness but I love your work! The simple act of cutting some elements out and making them 3D is just soooo clever but so simple too. Gorgeous!
Hugs, LLJ 35 xx

 
At 31 October 2013 at 12:21 , Blogger Julia Dunnit said...

How patient and sure handed you are! Love what you've done, all credit it you to for actually using a Pinterest pin as inspiration!

 
At 2 November 2013 at 05:06 , Blogger Manon Visser said...

This looks adorable and so well made :) Happy Paper Saturdays1 ManonX

 
At 3 November 2013 at 09:12 , Blogger Catherine Constance said...

Gorgeous artwork. Turtles are wonderful creatures...

 
At 3 November 2013 at 10:12 , Blogger Victoria said...

Fascinating...captivating...and super beautiful! So wonderfully expressive and magical!
Happy Sunday Sketches
Victoria, pencil and wing

 
At 3 November 2013 at 10:34 , Blogger Ginx Craft said...

Your pictures is just fab. It must have taken such a time to do.

 
At 3 November 2013 at 11:02 , Blogger Lisa Isabella Russo said...

It's beautiful! How amazing to have seen this in nature (I mostly see sea animals at the Long Beach Aquarium). It's very sad that we've threatened their existence. You've done an amazing job sharing them with us.

 
At 3 November 2013 at 12:00 , Blogger Picto said...

I've seen these wonderful creatures in the waters around The Canaries, you've captured their gracefulness in a lovely way.

Jan

 
At 3 November 2013 at 14:50 , Blogger Auntie Shan said...

Such a perfect "subject" for 3D art! Brilliant job with the detailing! LOVE IT!!
:-D

 
At 3 November 2013 at 19:02 , Blogger janice smith said...

Oh my goodness! Such lovely attention to detail! Wonderful, imaginative work, Clare. Happy SS! xo, janice

 
At 4 November 2013 at 02:30 , Blogger threads 'n' shreds said...

Absolutely beautiful xx

 
At 4 November 2013 at 05:39 , Blogger CatkinJane said...

Lovely, what patience you must have :)

 
At 4 November 2013 at 06:48 , Blogger Lucy Blossom said...

It's beautiful, it must have taken you ages.

 
At 4 November 2013 at 09:36 , Blogger Fiddly Fingers said...

Beautiful Clare! You are so talented!

 
At 4 November 2013 at 09:48 , Blogger Alexandra said...

Clare, this is absolutely amazing and brilliant!! I'm in awe of your piece. Wonderful job!! :)

 
At 4 November 2013 at 13:59 , Blogger Tammie Lee said...

this is so fun
amazing how many details you were able to put in a small piece
such a joy to see

 
At 4 November 2013 at 15:29 , Blogger Free Spirit Designs said...

this is gorgeous, the detail is amazing! love the subject matter too, sea turtles are so beautiful x

 
At 5 November 2013 at 01:31 , Blogger Trace said...

this is brilliant, well done

 

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