Fearless Friday, Ode to the Strawberry

Happy Fearless Friday!




This month, in the recipe department of the Painted Apron,

we are celebrating the beginning of strawberry season in the South





You can see a round-up of great strawberry recipes here,

 Definitely make the Fresh Strawberry Dressing!





Since we are winding up April, I had to have a little strawberry fun in my sketchbook





This is sort of a half and half,  drawing/painting





This giant berry is going to be half realistic watercolor and half funky fun berries in colored pencil and marker





The watercolor side began with a light wash in the highlight areas, then the blending in of medium tones





At this point I let it dry before going to the next step

You can use a handy mini dryer to speed up the process





I started in on the small strawberries while the watercolor was drying completely





I almost always start by singling out the colors I want to use, and making a mini color chart to refer to





I began with a berry  in colored pencil






Then a few berries with markers





Don’t worry if you bleed over the lines a little,  you can fix it later with either a white gelly pen or a white paint pen





Back to the watercolor side where I began laying in details





More berries, more details, back and forth, and this bursting berry was almost done




With final scrutiny I decided the watercolor berry needed darkening and actually used a red Tombow Dual End Marker and blended it in with a water brush





There you have it, one big bursting berry!


Have fun and Be Fearless!


All supplies mentioned are available at Amazon.com

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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Dishing it & Digging itBetween Naps on the Porch,   Make it Pretty Monday

Cooking and Crafting with J&J,    Celebrate and Decorate,

Delicious Dishes Recipe Party   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters

13 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Ode to the Strawberry”
  1. Mary says:

    Berrylicious Jenna! Love seeing your creations come to life. ♥

  2. Sharon Mann says:

    What a cool drawing. I enjoyed your steps to completion. Have a fun Friday, Jenna.

  3. How fun Jenna and perfect timing with fresh berries to enjoy now. Fun following step by step to see your art finished. Happy weekend……

  4. I love it when you draw and paint! The mini-chart is a great idea. I should do that more often. Happy weekend!

  5. Jodi says:

    Love it!

  6. Jenna, I love your creativity! I am going to my local farm for fresh strawberries today! Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Yes, I agree, your creativity is just beautiful. I love strawberries so really appreciate your sharing our work.

  8. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I love this, Jenna! I love the small berries isn the big one. Your creativity astounds me!

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