Touareg girl – watercolor and collage

Wellcome to my first post about art, containing a step-by-step developing of a painting I did. I hope you will find it useful and will inspire you to pull out your supplies and create something.

Sometimes when I want to paint but I have no idea what exactly, I start browsing through all my inspirational photos that I collected in my devices.

And so I did yesterday and I was inspired by an almost full profile of a woman with a turban. And since I am not very good friends with collage, I decided to at least get acquaintances with this technique. Instantly I remembrered that I bought from Italy some gorgeous marbled papers and it really felt like the right thing to use.

First I sketched the face using a colored pencil, as I learned from Jane Davenport. She has some cool techniques that are so simple and effective and I found that I simply can’t go wrong if I follow them! And yes, everybody is right: It actually gets easier and easier if you practice!


Then I added some shading with the same pencil in the darkest area. I did not insist very much on using the pencil because I knew I was going to come with watercolors later and I love building layers of color.


For the next step I pulled my marbled paper and tore some pieces that I arranged into the drawing. I did not glue them right away, only I took a picture of the set arrangement so that I could use as reference when it was gluing time.


Then I set aside the collage papers and started adding some watercolor to the face. I used Schminke Horadam, Jane Davenport pallette. I would always use light washes of color so that I could come back over and over again with more layers.


Once this was done and dry, I glued down the collage pieces, using Liquitex Matte Medium. I found very useful the picture that I took earlier.


Once it was all dry I added the background with watercolor, indigo color. A dark like that always helps the other ones shine and be noticed. So whenever you want to bring forward something or make it more noticeble, use some dark color (like indigo, neutral tint, Payne’s grey, dark blue) and you will se how that does wonders to your work.

I also added some indigo shading in her turban to bring in some depth and structure to the fabric and added some final details with my white Sharpie.



I really enjoyed doing this project and bringing her to life!

I hope you found the info useful and if you have any questions, shoot! I would be happy to answer.





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