Mixed-media art tutorial: How to watercolour over digital artwork

(Image credit: Naomi VanDoren)

As an independent artist, I enjoy the creative process as much as the satisfaction of a finished painting. I prefer beginning my work in Photoshop because it gives me the freedom to experiment with various ideas quickly. Often, in this early stage of a piece, I like to explore abstract shapes in which I can find a theme or form I'm looking for.

Over time I've taken this early digital stage of my process further from sketches, to fully concepting out an idea and finally, to inking a piece digitally. It wasn't until about a year ago that I came upon the idea that's now a part of my process: printing digital line-work on to watercolour paper using pigment-based ink.

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Naomi is an artist and author whose work leans towards adventure and fantasy themes, influenced by a childhood spent in Indonesia. She’s working on an illustrated novel set in a tropical world filled with magic.