Collab IllustrationTHE MATERIALS: Pelikan Watercolor / Watercolor Brushes / Watercolor Paper / Graphite Pencil / Swarovski Crystals / Photo of RELish Painting By: Alexandra Lee Nurthen Photography

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I spent my weekend outside enjoying the spring sunshine with lots of great friends and I also painted as much as I could.  I’m excited to share the above illustration with you today because it’s part of a collaboration I recently became a part of here in Los Angeles.

 A really talented entrepreneur approached me to create the artwork for her upcoming accessory line’s packaging.  This is the first of three illustrations in a series for the accessories line (more info on that to follow soon) and I’m excited to showcase the rest of the paintings later this week.  These watercolor paintings were a challenge because I’m so used to painting in bright, vibrant colors.  For this particular project, I was asked to paint in black and white.  For an extra pop of sparkle, I added in some tiny Swarovski crystals.  In the end, I was really happy with how this painting turned out so I may try painting in black and white more often.  Have a wonderful start to the week, everyone! Carpe Diem!