So, a bit of an odd name for this, my first real, blog post. For those that have been following along with me (mainly on instagram, as I often posted updates in my stories) I have finally finished working on my Lion Mother and Child watercolour painting. Now that it is done I want to […]
TIME FOR A CHANGE Welcome to my new website and to Christina Cerqueira! After having the business for about eight months I decided that the name watermark by CHRISTINA no longer fit. I personally have grown in many ways since starting and felt like it was time to go through the rebranding process. REBRANDING Through […]
Hey Guys! I was lucky enough to collaborate with Daphne Heath (from Daphne Heath Photography). Have a read of her blog post. She rocks and to follow this amazing woman’s perspective on breastfeeding and art is astounding. Now no more from me, her she is……. My art really exploded when I became a breastfeeding mother. […]
It’s that time again Yep, I’ve made another video to help give some insight into what goes into making one of my paintings. This time I’ve focused on a pet portrait. Not just any pet, my beloved boy Jax. A bit about Jax Jax is a pure bred Great Dane. He is almost six years […]
New Product If you follow me on social media you may have heard me mention an announcement. I am looking for a Brand Enthusiast(s) to help get a new product off the ground; Watercolour Ultrasound Set. Your Babies Development Journey Each ultrasound identifies a very important moment in your baby’s development journey. Some of us have […]
Bunny Angel Easter Giveaway Together with Anahera-Teine, we decided to run an Easter Giveaway Bunny Angel giveaway! All entrants were in with a chance to win my Limited Edition Bunny Angel Fine Art Print and the matching doll from Anahera-Teine. It is too late to enter now but thanks to those that took the time […]
Children’s Book I thought I’d share with everyone my original reason for getting into business; a children’s book. Since having children, and seeing the joy and excitement they get from reading. I decided to write my own children’s book. I am hoping the book will turn into series of adventures 🙂 Ideas for the Children’s […]
I’ve created this video for you to have a brief look into how I go through the painting process; from photo to painting, when creating each watercolour portrait.
I normally have to do some cropping or adjusting to photos to adjust the subjects although I was happy with this painting. I liked the idea of it being bottom left adjusted. To be honest, I don’t really like the photo although it works very well as a painting.
Painting Process – Light and Dark
Once I am happy with sizing and positioning I spend some time breaking down the light and dark spots in the photo, choosing which to bring out and which to take away. It is all about the end result so this part is important. I need to maintain as much of the subject as possible without losing the abstract nature of the painting.
Painting Process – Drawing up
After the photo is analysed I draw it onto a piece of watercolour paper ready for painting. As watercolour paint, by its nature, is translucent I have to make sure I do not press too hard when drawing otherwise you will see the lead through the painting. And nobody wants that!
Just to make life harder, I then erase what I have drawn ^_^! This is to make sure no lead will remain visible through the final painting.
Painting Process – Painting
Now onto the fun stuff, painting! Not much to say about this other then I add plenty of water to the colour I am using, and I paint. The more water I add to the paint, the lighter and more translucent the colour will be on the paper. I will often add multiple layers of paint to certain areas of the portrait to better define features. At the end of this portrait in particular, I added a colour wash to the entire painting as I wanted to remove the white space. I also added this wash while the rest of the paint was wet. This helped the portrait to bleed into the wash and blur the edges and create natural shading.
I hope you enjoyed watching and reading about the painting process. If you’d like to see more videos (I promise to shoot from a better angle next time) let me know.
I had the wonderful privilege of being able to paint a memorial painting for a family who’s heart is broken. Their gorgeous little girl was taken from them too soon. When a friend of the family contacted me she passed on the little girls details. I was shocked to discover that this little girl, and […]
YAY! I am so excited to let you know that the new range of Limited Edition Penny Angel Fine Art Prints are now live in my store 🙂 I painted the original watercolour paintings. They were then turned into high quality Giclee prints and are printed using water based ink on Arches Aquarelle 310gsm acid […]