Fearless Friday, Garden Gate


I have been painting watercolors daily for the past few months

Watercolor went from being my least favorite medium, to my new favorite!

But, I do enjoy acrylic, colored pencils, markers and pastels

so for August I’m going to use a variety of tools and techniques





I got some new sketch books to experiment with earlier this year

toned paper is great to use for pastels too





I also got this set of 48 colored pencils from Bruynzeel Designs

They come in this great storage box that has drawers to keep them organized

It’s a sleek look to keep your space uncluttered





I used this toned gray paper and Prismacolor colored pencils for Garden Gate

I used the Prismacolors because I totally forgot about the Bruynzeel Designs set~

I got it right before I went to the beach house to quarantine for 4 months!

After being gone for so long I am rediscovering and finding things I totally forgot about!





My inspiration photo is from Better Homes and Gardens





The first thing I did was establish the position of the gate doors and walls

I have a 6″ triangle ruler which is so handy for small drawings





These 3 lines, from left to right, are the wall, the right edge of the left door,

and then the left edge of the right door

Next I drew the left door detail with more straight lines and freehand curves





Then I did the right door,

making it smaller because in this open position it’s further away





I inked the sketch, drawing the finial details

and then the pencil was erased





I chose a very pale yellow green and a darker minty green to mimic the weathered paint on the gate





Then I brightened it with a warm beige





Next a warm yellow ochre was colored on the walls

and a darker brown for shadow areas





I used a medium green marker and a yellow green pencil

to indicate leaves on the tree inside the gate

and colored the sky in with a light blue and white

Foliage began to be added in front of the gate





a few flowers…





A tiled path was colored in with a light terra cotta pencil

leading to a touch of foliage just inside the gate

 I added some more ink lines to make the flowers and leaves stand out more



“Garden Gate” 5″ x 8″ colored pencil and ink on toned gray paper


Juicy Details

I used Prismacolor colored pencils for this drawing, I have used Prismacolor pencils forever, I recommend you invest in quality pencils for the best results in color depth and blending

Toned Gray Sketch Paper/Amazon here

Prismacolor colored pencils/Amazon here

Bruynzeel colored pencils, set of 48 in a box/Amazon here


If you haven’t tried colored pencils, get a set and give them a try

It’s kind of like grown up coloring,

you have a lot of control and you can vary the look by pressure and strokes

They mix wonderfully with watercolor and markers too

Try something new and Be Fearless!


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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday   Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the PorchCelebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Make it Pretty Monday Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl

Turn About Tuesday  Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Creative Cumpulsions

20 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Garden Gate”
  1. Happy Fearless Friday, Jenna! I love the garden gate, it is so lovely. I am always amazed at your creativity and talents!

  2. So beautiful! Love, love, love watching your process.

  3. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, your garden gate is beautiful. Fearless Friday is alway fun to see!

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Happy Friday, Jenna! Your garden gate painting is beautiful! As I have said before, you are so talented! My daughter loves to paint, and I always share your Friday posts with her. Since we are staying at home, she has had more time for painting. Take care, and enjoy your day!

  5. Chloe Crabtree says:

    You never cease to inspire me. This is so beautiful! Your choice of a subject is perfect and of course your end project is perfect, too! I might be more willing to try this with pencils than some of your painting projects! Seems a little less scary!

  6. Rosie M. says:

    As always, I love to watch your creation process, step-by-step! Your garden gates are beautiful! During the quarantine I found the relaxation and joy of “adult coloring books”! I invested in a set of Prismacolor pencils and love their colors and soft cores that make coloring so much fun. It truly is a stress-reducer during these emotionally difficult times. Take care, Jenna.

  7. Nice, Jenna. I don’t use my colored pencils nearly as much as I should, though I’ll often do my preliminary watercolor sketch in either a pale gray or the color family I’m planning to use. This image is so inviting.

    • Thank you Jeanie, I like to use pencils when I’m not in a rush since they do take longer than other mediums, but I find them comforting and relaxing since you have total control…unlike watercolor when you never know what could happen! 😂

  8. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Beautiful gate, both the inspiration and your drawing. Let me know what you think about the Bruynzeel Design colored pencils. I almost always use Prismacolor because Dori says they are the best, but I also like Caran dAche.

    I do not need to be encouraged to buy any more art supplies!!! ;P

    Have a super weekend!


  9. lghiggins says:

    I love gates and doors. This project looks so fun. I wonder if you ever get so caught up in the art that you forget to take pictures?

  10. Mary says:

    I love your artistic rendering of the gate Jenna! Lovin’ your “M” in the first photo too 🙂

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