A Recipe for the production of one tiger with tigermoths and a cat.

Winsdor and newton artist quality watercoloursFor this project I used Windsor and Newton artist quality watercolours, sable brushes ( also Windsor and Newton, series 7, Arches hot pressed paper, a drawing board and stretching tape, some time ( quite a lot of it), water ( tap water will do) and a pencil and sketch book.

First sketch out your idea.

First sketch for Kids Need to Read calendar image

Then spend a few hours drawing it out to scale on a pre-stretched piece of watercolour paper and colouring in using water and paint.

After 3 hours. Oh dear.

Take a good look, follow your heart and realise that it is looking ugly somehow, even if you can’t quite put your finger on what is not ‘comfortable’ about it. Sulk. Stamp about a bit, take the dogs for a walk. Come back. Start again.

A change of heart and composition.

Begin again after tracking down really good music to listen to through the hours that follow ( in this case mostly Spiers and Boden and Jon Boden’s A Folk Song a Day, with a bit of Sam Lee on the side)

Almost of perhaps completely, finished

After many hours, over a few days, with the distraction of a trip to Bishopston Comp and Oystermouth Primary schools with Cover to Cover from the Mumbles in between times, take a step back and try and work out if you maybe might have finished and can move back into the Song of the Golden Hare, which has been accepted by Frances Lincoln for publication.

If the answer is yes, get the artwork scanned and send to Kids Need to Read in USA for their calendar and to be made into a limited edition print, to be for sale world wide through eBay, alongside Little Red Reading to the Wolves.

(nb: you may also need about 40 or so years of experience of doodling and playing with coloured water and paper).

Retail of reading by Tigerlight. The cat is most definitely Pixie. Bless her ginger heart.Pirate ship. With red sails. Very dangerous.Tiger moths

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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7 Responses to A Recipe for the production of one tiger with tigermoths and a cat.

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  2. Donna Baker says:

    Love the sketches. Do you paint on top of the sketches? What is stretching tape? I’m using gouache and 140lb. cold pressed paper and am having trouble with the paper getting somewhat misshapen. I am self-taught and live miles from nowhere so I would love your advice on this.

    • Jackie says:

      I pre stretch my paper by running it under a tap on both sides then taping to a drawing board with brown gummed tape. Wait for it to dry. Also using Arches hot pressed which I find much easier to work on. Hope that helps. ( paper does buckle with big washes but dries flat. And always leave for at least 24 hours to dry flat before painting. Needs to be flat or paper soaks up water differently.

  3. This is another beauty and thank you for the insights into your process .I have ordered some Arches hot press to work having a Artist friend who also recommends sealed that deed. I have been using a mixed media type paper and some watercolour ..Over the winter I really want to master some better techniques with the colours , especially faces and toning shaping . I discovered Daniel Smiths watercolour paints which look gorgeous and will have to win lottery if this addiction really takes over, too late it has… Can you tell me please what sort of pencils you sketch with ? I find it tricky when working in colours later . Your tigers are glorious , the Tiger is one of my Totem animals alomg with Wolf ……… and crow .. ;) …I loved the Tiger who cane to Tea a great favourites to read to wee ones.

  4. oh and what size do you work to ? thank you ;)

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