D For Dragonfly – Free Coloring Download

 

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D For Dragonfly has been so wonderful to create especially since I was commissioned to paint it by a good friend. Here are the steps I took in creating it.

The design process part usually takes me the most amount of time. I look at a lot of images. I browse pinterest and google images for inspiration and then print out a handful of reference images to create my design from. And I sit on it – I’m not a big sketcher. When I create the idea comes and then I draw/design. For this piece I saw a photograph of a dragonfly sitting on an echinacea. What really struck my about the image was the way you could just see the flower through the wings. I got very very excited to use my resist techniques to produce the shimmer and layers.

The scan misses the see through effect of the wings and the metallic shimmer. Well – I guess that is why people love and pay more for originals. Prints and digital images don’t do art justice – you can’s see the details quite the same. I use watercolor and acrylic to create areas of resist and absorption.

 

 

D for Dragonfly - Step One

Step One: Drawing and outlining the dragonfly in gold gel pen and the time consuming task of veining all the tiny little cell outlines inside the wings – see close-up image below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D For Dragonfly - Step Two

Step Two: I use gel pens in areas I want the watercolor to resist as fine lines. I also use crayola crayons – it could be any wax crayon but crayola’s work great and I can choose from lots of colors! The wax resists the watercolor in an irregular way and gives a depth and interest that is not precise like the gel pens. I used a dandelion yellow crayon to draw the stylized leaves. When using the acrylic & watercolor technique – always start with choosing where you don’t want the watercolor to penetrate the images. Here I laid in very thick pink acrylic for the flower petals so that the color would not change when the watercolor is placed on top.

 

 

 

D For Dragonfly - Step ThreeStep Three: Have faith! Choose your colors and start laying it in. The resist actually helps with this step – you know where you are going. Don’t worry if you think you’ve made a decision you aren’t sure of. I have had to overcome my great dislike as an artist of sharing in process pieces because I never ever love it until it’s done. There are things that you will need to do to a piece that looks odd as you are doing it. I put some very strong color on the dragonfly’s spine and when I first put it down it looked horrible and it stuck out like a sore thumb. With just using watercolor it is very difficult to take back a bold color although there are ways but with this technique you are also using acrylic and acrylic and metallics can cover many sins! Have faith and keep going – my motto for pretty much everything in life.

 

 

D For Dragonfly - Step Four & Close Up WingsStep Four: The payoff! Look at these wings! Sheer joy when the effect you are working towards WORKS! Click on the image to see it larger – that is where you can really see what I’ve been describing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the process. Please feel free to leave a comment – I adore hearing from you! Also if you have any questions about the process or art techniques in general I’m happy to give a go at answering them. I’m including a materials list and the free coloring download. Feel free to print it out for your children to color and post on our Facebook page or if you’d like to create your own D For Dragonfly – use the download for a template – and please share your creation with us on our wall too! Art is the most fun when it’s unpretentious and shared!

Materials Needed:

acrylic paints – any brand and on a budget go to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and buy the acrylic craft paints – they come in every color you can imagine and often go on sale for under a dollar. Don’t think you have to use anything expensive to create beautiful art – using less expensive art allows you to not think it’s precious – something that stalled me for years.

gel pens

crayons

watercolor paper – buy some better quality watercolor paper it will make a very big difference :)

watercolors

Fun but not necessary -metallic paints in acrylic, watercolor, gouache. Experiment with interference metallics too!

 

Free Coloring Download – D For Dragonfly

Have a beautiful and peaceful day!

Jenna

 

 

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6 comments for “D For Dragonfly – Free Coloring Download

  1. Melissa
    December 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    “D”-VINE!!

  2. Big Brother
    December 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, Jenna! And so cool to read about the process..Big Love!

  3. December 16, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Wonderful, Jen. Just beautiful. I’ll print the coloring page for Parker and show her yours.

  4. HollyZ143
    December 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

    This painting is GORGEOUS. I am sure the person receiving it will LOVE it! ;-)

    The boys and I are going to do the coloring pages tomorrow. I’m excited!!! We don’t have many real art supplies (they’ll use crayons), but I did buy some cheap acrylic paints the other day for a project. So mine might end up traced & painted on wood or something. Who knows. But you’ve inspired me to give it a go. And I miss making art that doesn’t involve pipe cleaners and glitter glue.

    I love that you create the coloring pages for kids from your art, and that you share all of the steps with us. The person receiving the original may be even more delighted if he/she knew all of the steps involved. Maybe whoever is giving the art to him/her should print that out and include it with the art?

    (Heh. I’m giggling and you know why.)

    Hugs, Love, Peace and ART!

  5. December 22, 2011 at 3:59 am

    This is absolutely beautiful. I love your site. Have a great christmas

  6. Betty
    December 27, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Dear Jennifer,
    I was so pleased to receive from Naomi your amazing apple. I love it! Also the other beautiful inclusions that came with it.
    I will treasure them all and thank you so much for all that you do to help make life better for so many people. You are an inspiration!
    Love and gentle hugs,
    from Betty

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