I have kept journals for 9 years and so its surprising that I should only discover blogging as a new format of journal writing. It's about time I embrace it and see if its as fun.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Acrylic vs Watercolour

3 x Elephant ACEOs - Acrylic and Pen
So I discovered two techniques recently and I wanted to put them to the test. Acrylic vs Watercolour??? Above are 3 very cute elephant ATCs I did for a personalised swap for some adorable bunnies from Australia (can't wait to get!) I have to say I love painting elephants, I also love elephants, they're such gentle giants (well mostly). This bright vivid style lends itself quite well to that bright and intense heat in Africa.

So the next test was to see the results of doing the same thing with watercolour.

3 x Elephant ACEOs - Watercolour & Pen
 Ok so they're a lot less vibrant - however I am loving the effect of crosshatching to add some depth. I did these three and they're all on etsy now: Abstract Etsy Art by Katie Hone

Honestly I couldn't tell you which I prefer? I prefer to paint in watercolour since it takes less time but the acrylic is that much more vibrant and "popping" What do you think??


  1. The acrylic is eye catching, bold colours, modern - compared to your watercolours, I think the watercolour elephants have instead a natural and realistic look and are just as eye catching because of the realistic look.... Love your art

    1. Thank you anonymous :P Elephants have become the new craze, there's certainly a want for them on the ATC site. Stay tuned as I intend to paint more!

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    1. Thank you :) With each elephant I learn new things, so it's all good!

  3. I really like the watercolor best. There's much more depth & I love how you used complimentary color for shading. It worked perfectly! The cross hatching helped, too.


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