Aquatic Gardens

Reality whistles a different tune underwater - Tom Robbins


At the end of the last module of Flower Collage II we will create an underwater garden inspired by drawings of red cabbage, coral, sea anemones and aquatic life.


Prepare your watercolour sheet with watercolour applied in a variety of ways as shown in this weeks' mini projects. You can do this on a number of sheets and in different ways.

Use the Pinterest board and your drawings as reference for an underwater garden. You can use sheets from your different modules for this assignment. I recommend doing a few water gardens, explore different atmospheres, limited colour ranges, fruity colours, muted blues, tropical etc.:

In the Pinterest board you'll find images of Kate Malone's unusual work amongst other ceramicists, and the delicate drawings of Ernst Haeckel to give you some ideas for colour combinations, interesting shapes and delicate drawings. There is so much to explore, keep things simple and explore from there.

Pick colour combinations and simple layouts, add more layers as your artwork progress. You can add details with paint and medium, white lines with your dip pen or white pigment marker and possibly pencil or fine liners for more detail.


Create the backdrop with methods shown. Make three to four sheets to work with and remember to let the surface dry completely between each new process - from watecolour to resist marks with matte medium and removing watercolour, then sealing the paper with a diluted matte medium and colour layer before starting your collage.

Use sheets of deli paper prepared with this module's processes as well as the previous three modules to create collages that will be varied.

Once collage is complete (with optional details in paint, pencil, dip pen or white pigment marker) you can cover the collage with a layer of matte medium. This is suitable for the different collages done in the previous modules as well.

Module Four has a live demo in the Facebook group and is helpful for this assignment.


Combining different techniques and processes in an imaginary aquatic garden is the aim of this assignment. It is also important to make choices from a wider selection of colours for interesting combinations and use of textures done over the past four weeks. The focus is on an aquatic vibe, and subsequent collages could be more about floral and botanical shapes instead.

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