Watercolor Painting of Silver Ballet Slippers for a Beautiful Ballerina

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Watercolor Painting Of Ballet Slippers by Irina Sztukowski
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Watercolor of Silver Ballet Slippers for a young Beautiful Ballerina.

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Seashell Collection – A Great Beginning

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This decorative collage with seashells, pearls, seaweed, and sea stars was a follow-up on my new collection painted on handmade paper. 
One of my students wanted to learn how to paint realistic water drops. I had a cool idea to teach while painting myself; but, not only plain water drops. As I like to challenge myself, I’ve set up a whole scene with my seashells collection, surrounded with pearls and water drops:

It was fun to paint not from photograph, but live, creating a composition on this lovely handmade paper. 
Here are the four first examples of the outcome. The paper has uneven edges, which makes it look authentically handmade. When scanning the artworks on my computer I placed a rough canvas behind to emphasize the edges of the paper:

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I created the sand-like background using a toothbrush technique, when you load the watercolor on a toothbrush and then brush your finger (carefully!!) across the bristles creating uneven yet very cool texture:
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I had the sea stars, pearls and shells in my collection. But I had to find the seaweed online to see how to paint it:
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In this painting (below) it was a real challenge. When I pulled the masking liquid from the paper (where the shell is), the glue of the liquid pulled the first tiny layer of the paper for me… Thanks to handmade product! At first, I thought I’ve ruined my artwork. But when I started painting the seashell itself, the roughness of the paper actually helped to create the cool natural seashell body texture:
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And that how my Seashell collection started. Huge thanks to my friend who gave me those cute seashells more than 5 years ago.

I’ve also looked at my previous watercolors with seashells (last post is here). And created one more collage with those shells:

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Somebody might say, oh she is crazy about those seashells! And I’d say YES. More than that: I didn’t stop on painting those shells and creating collages. I’ve even got myself more gorgeous shells online: some seashells from Philippines, Mexico and India. So, there are more seashells paintings to come!

I guess I still have that Little Girl inside me that loves the ocean, fresh breeze, while walking on the beach and searching for the shells:
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My seashell collection is growing so much now, that I had to create a special gallery on FineArtAmerica, which I called 
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She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore

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This trio reminds me a little song that I was learning in my English class back many many years ago… My friend and I attended this class for fun. We were probably 16 or 17 and decided to learn English.. If only I knew that in 15 more years I will study English for real here in America. Good memories!…………………………………………………………………………………………… You never know what you have ahead; although, you should always think about a positive outcome and know that everything you do is for a REASON..

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5″x7″ Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Pressed Paper

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More seashell paintings are here:
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One of my favorite paintings that also includes seashells is the Girl And The Ocean artwork that became one of my bestsellers
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Dancing Pearls

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One day pearls had a dream, they wanted to dance. They sneaked into ballet slippers and waited for their turn…
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I love watching ballet. My childhood city Saint Petersburg is famous by Kirov (now Mariinsky) Theater. I used to come there when I was a kid and always was curious how those tiny teeny girls can dance on their tiptoes barely touching the ground. It seemed so easy so light. When I was around ten my Dad helped the theater to pack their costumes for a business trip; and, when they learned he has two girls they presented him (oh Gosh!) two pair of cute little slippers.. My sister and I tried to dance in them and realized that it is not that easy and light. Good life lesson…
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I painted pearls and ballet slippers together as when looking at them I know how it is difficult go achieve the light flawless dance performance and it is hard to get a pearl from the deep sea. Yet I admire their beauty and loveliness with all my heart and appreciate AWE moment when I see the dancing ballerina or a great piece of jewelry.
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This painting was my first experience on Artistico Fabriano paper. I love its smooth fine surface.
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8″x10″ Winsor & Newton Watercolor on 140 Cold Press Fabriano
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