TEXAS WILD: Creation + Inspiration

Texas Wild was such a joy to create — partially because Texas holds memories of one of my favorite childhood trips. My parents flew (first time in an airplane!) our family to Houston to visit my aunt and uncle. While in Houston, we visited the Houston Space Center, attended an Astros game, tried Blue Bell Ice Cream for the first time, and took a short road trip to see the Texas Bluebonnets in bloom (breathtaking!). Lots of fond memories wrapped up in this art!

Below you’ll find my art supplies used and a list of all the native wildflowers found in this piece.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Texas Highways + Texas Department of Transportation for the phenomenal amount of research available on wildflowers! You made this piece much easier!

Art Creation:

  • Paint: Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor
  • Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India ink Black
  • Brushes: Various Princeton Neptune Series Synthetic Squirrel Brushes
  • Paper: Canson Plein Air Mix Media Artboard
  • Calligraphy Pen: It’s older than me — it was my mom’s pen, impossible to know the manufacturer
Featured Texas Wildflowers:
  • Bluebonnet (Texas state flower!)
  • American Lotus
  • Texas Bluebell
  • Blue-eyed Grass
  • Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Purple Coneflower (echinacea)
  • Pain Lily
  • Buttercups
  • Basketflower

Process: Each state print begins with several hours of wildflower research using old wildflower identification books from my father, multiple web searches, and the occasional trip to the library! After finding the wildflowers that I feel will work best with the unique shape of each state, I begin a composition sketch. It is from this initial sketch that the remaining layers are born. Because I paint in a loose fashion, the watercolor layer is by far the fastest --- often taking me less than 45 minutes to complete!

After allowing the watercolor to dry for 24-48 hours, I begin a tedious process of detailing the wildflowers with India ink using an antique calligraphy pen. This step often takes several hours as one wrong move will (and has) ruin the entire painting. Once the final drawing layer is complete, the piece will be scanned into photoshop and a 6-8 hour process of removing the paper & pencil marks will begin! 

About Texas Art Prints & Stationery product production: I work with two local (small family business!) printers to produce my products. I am very particular about who I use for final print production. I give my best in the art creation, and I will only give my customers the best when it comes to the final printed product. The two companies that I use are top-notch and I consider it an honor to work with them. 

What does the final product look like? Find the Texas Wild notecards here, and the Texas Wild fine art prints here

Questions? Check out my FAQs or reach out to me, here! I'd love to chat! 

xoxo
manda