Fearless Friday, Photo Effects & A Blue Bottle

You have to be fearless to paint glass, it’s tricky!


aqua glass


I decided to “paint” the bottle with some computer effects first



bottle effect photo collage

Clockwise from large original photo,

PicMonkey sketch effect top right,

PicMonkey levels effect middle right,

PicMonkey burst effect lower right,

PicMonkey posterize effect bottom middle,

Waterlogue watercolor painting, lower left and below


Preset Style = Vibrant Format = 6" (Medium) Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Medium Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Auto Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Medium Water Bleed = Average Brush = Natural Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Narrow Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces


Looking at all these photos helped me decide how to simplify the shapes for painting


bottle sketch

I started with a very light sketch.  Keep it as light as possible so it won’t show through the transparent watercolors

The sketch below was darkened for better visibility


bottle sketch


Next comes the first layer of color


first color layers

Second layer


second layers

Third layer


3 color layers


Adding the twine and shells with a turquoise wash over the whole bottle


blue bottle laying in background


At this point I decided not to do the plate and other background elements, and just do a simple shadow

I used a damp sponge to “erase” the plate and to lightly spread the background wash upward



darkened background

I deepened the shadows and added other dark highlights


blue bottle


bottle collage

This is a little tight, but I am determined to get over my fear of glass…


glass table top


blue bottle


Be fearless!

You can see more photos of this table Sea of Glass here


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25 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Photo Effects & A Blue Bottle”
  1. Jodi says:

    Gorgeous Jenna!!!!! It almost looks like the earth and is so peaceful. I feel a message of world peace.

  2. Lorraine says:

    Wonderful! I love picmonkey and I also love how you used it to help envision your painting. Awesome idea!

  3. Kim says:

    What a lovely table! The painting is so pretty and how inspiring you are! The tutorial makes it look so easy.

  4. Rhonda says:

    Your talent amazes me! You’re definitely blessed with a gift… beautiful! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  5. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    Totally impressive. I think glass and silver are so difficult to paint that I’ve always refused to even try them. Chris Hartsfield, another local artist besides you, does it well. Your step-by-step instructions and the genius of using picmonkey first are a big help. Now . . . if I’d only get out my paints again.

    • I love Chris Hartsfield, his work is stunning. Realistic painting is a stretch for me, so this is a challenge. I didn’t realize you liked to paint, Leslie Anne, I hope you’ll get back to it!

  6. Love learning from your process Jenna even if I paint in oils. Glass is tricky to capture and I think you did the decanter justice. Beautiful!

    • It’s a start, I would like to learn to loosen up a bit with this medium, realism isn’t really my thing. I’ve never painted with oils, the most vibrant colors of any medium I think. I appreciate your comments and encouragement Johanne! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  7. Ellen Shook says:

    Gorgeous! I have to admit I have never been brave enough to tackle a bottle or anything glass. I think it turned out beautifully.

  8. I’m impressed with your painting, Jenna! Love all the colors and textures in your tablescape.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Watercolors are fun! Have a great weekend:@)

  10. Mary says:

    Jenna, Using PicMonkey & Waterlogue to break down the shapes and shading prior to painting is brilliant! I hope you’re enjoying some blue water views this weekend 🙂

  11. Kim says:

    That’s beautiful! The colors you see in the original amazes me. How did you know to do all the green colors and that the green was behind the blue? You were right on target there! 🙂

    • Aren’t you nice, I have much too learn-the trick is to really see what you’re looking at versus what you think you see or something like that! I hope your HH has a great Father’s Day! >

  12. Jenna, once again your talent is shining! Beautiful!

  13. I love how you broke it down, you make it look so easy That’d be a shame not to try and paint one.

  14. Sandi magle says:

    Very interesting way of showing an artistic treatment and technique. Love the shades of blue you used, and I think i have to go look at that picmonkey app. Thanks, Sandi

  15. Loved this. Color me inspired. I have done a similar project but printed out the image and then cut it to get the chair shape right on both sides and then added paint to my outline. I am going to have to learn this technique too. Thanks for sharing.

  16. JESS44903 says:

    Wowwww…SO pretty! I love the colors!

    I would love for you to share this with my AMAZING Facebook Group with over 300 Members to share easy craft projects and recipes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

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  17. Sandra Garth says:

    I love the way you show and inform us of your process!

  18. Julie says:

    wow you did a great job with the painting Jenna. You are so talented.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. 🙂

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