Rare Gems

Mother’s Day is coming up! And in preparation for that, I’ve decided to dedicate this week to all moms out there, especially those hardworking ones that continuously strive to emulate the attributes of a godly woman.

It also helps that my church community group has been going through Biblical roles of men and women… so we just recently went through Proverbs 31 — the classic, go-to passage on attributes of a godly woman.

So! As always, I started off by jotting down a few verses that stuck out to me.

“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” [Proverbs 31:10]

The roughest of rough sketches

I really wanted to play on the idea of “who can find,” so I came up with this hide-and-seek image of a mom (or rather, a godly woman) hiding amongst a bunch of jewels.

Then I went about sketching a more solid version of the beginning sketch and added in the words (left). You’ll notice that the version on that ended up on watercolor paper (right) doesn’t have as many polished jewels. Instead, they look more like rough crystals with lots of random edges. There’s really no profound reason as to why I did that. The decision came about more because I didn’t want to have to color in so many different angles and tiny geometric shapes (laziness ftw….).

Next came the very, very tedious part of coloring in all the facets of the gems (er, crystals). I’m not going to go into detail on how to color gems because there are plenty of very good tutorials out there. Instead, I’ll tell you how I felt about the process:

It. Takes. Forever.

Okay, maybe not forever. But it certainly takes a lot of patience. In my opinion, it really doesn’t matter how you color or shade it. What is necessary is a lot of very straight lines (which you can fix and outline at the end) and complementing colors. I chose the very overused galaxy-esque palette: blue, red and purple.


I was a bit worried as I was coloring it, whether or not it would actually look like crystals and gems, but after I added the white flecks and black lines, I think it turned out okay for a first time gem attempt.

The question now is… would I attempt another crystal watercolor painting?

Answer: probably. But I’ll probably only draw one or two… rather than a small mountain of them.


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