I've been taking pictures of herons
at the lake.
So when I saw that Ballard Designs
had such a beautiful White Heron Painting,
I had to try it for myself
but using really basic technique for the background.
I want to share how you can get the overall "feel"
of the original without fine detail
(except for the heron's eye).
I have a great thrift store find to begin with -
a $5 twin headboard.
I cut the legs off and it's going to make a great
21.5" x 43".
You know how I like to use card stock
as a paint tool.
Here I go again,
Scraping the entire white background
with a light blue and white mix.
Then paint the trim frame camel and white.
Using multiple greens and yellows,
dip your folded cardstock into a variety of greens
and drag across surface,
creating ground and swamp areas.
With a small brush, add some tree trunks.
Using some of the same greens and yellow and brown,
use a tiny piece of folded cardstock about 1/2"
and scrape on rectangular leaves.
It will appear very geometric with lots of green variations.
Using a larger piece of cardstock on it's side,
pull and drag paint in lines to represent the grass.
Add some straw colored grass plus yellow and brown.
Lay the cardstock flat and pull up from the bottom
to create fullness.
Make a chalk outline of heron.
Here is a sketch you can use.
Brush in white.
Then scrape on white, gray, and tan.
Use your finger to rub white around edges of heron.
I added some grunge texture by scraping on a blue and gray,
then dabbing off some with a wet wipe.
I also splattered blue and gray paint over the top.
So, without all of the fine detail,
you can still get the overall feel
of the painting.
Of course, this design is for your personal use only.
The original design is Ballard's.
This is a fun way to learn color and background.
Happy Heron Painting!