Because I always enjoy seeing step-by-step processes of art pieces, I’ve been taking pictures throughout the process of my most recent watercolors.

First up: Blackberries

Supplies: 140 lb. Arches cold-press paper, pencil, watercolors, Q-tips (to lift paint), and probably a bit of Doc Martin’s Bleed-Proof White (for highlights of berries)

1. Wash of background colors and tracing with graphite/carbon paper

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2. Complete stems

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3. Begin work on berries and leaves; skipping around while each element dries. I’ve also added some branches in the background to add more depth to the image.

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4. Continue to slowly build up berries and leaves, being careful not to over-paint any portion while it’s drying.

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My work area during the final stages of the painting.

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The completed painting:

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And now that you’ve scrolled through all of that, here’s a time-lapse video. Ooo, so fancy.

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