Okay, watercolours with coloured pencils has become one my favourite ways to make art! Not so long ago, I refused to even think of using watercolours – hah!

Never say never.

This portrait is obviously inspired by Art Nouveau and it’s the first time I’ve actually made anything remotely nouveau-ish work. I’ve tried over the years and just been so confused by the designs and how to do them/where to start. But with this painting I had something I didn’t have before – a character with all kinds of symbols and things that mean something to her and her story!

So it was only a matter of figuring out what went where and BAM – my first decent art nouveau inspired artwork!

"Maye" Coloured pencils over watercolours, A3

This is the main character from the novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo (still writing it), her name is Maye. Everything in this image has meaning behind it, including the colours I used.

Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencils over Sennelier l’aquarelle watercolour pans on Arches smooth watercolour paper. A3 (11.5×16.5 inches).

The white flowers in her hair were painted with Winsor & Newton white gouache – I love this stuff!

I also used Liquitex acrylic metallic silver ink around the border and wow, it is super shiny and sparkly in real life! You can kind of see it in the video as I’m working on it. I’ve never used these inks before, but there will be more of them in the future! I bought a gold one as well.

I’d love to try more of the range…sometime. 😉


Hi, I’m Kat! An Australian artist who loves painting fantasy characters and illustrations.


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