A glimpse into my art process / Watercolor Collage

"Finished sketch"

Sketch completed and ready to transfer to black paper

Close up of watercolor collage in process

Each piece has to be cut out so that a thin line
of black is exposed around the edge.

"Artist at work on watercolor collage"

This angle shows 3D parts of the image

"Studying artwork from a distance"

I spend a lot of time staring at my pieces from a distance.
It’s important to get the “big picture” after being caught up
in the details of a piece.

This sequence shows the basic steps I go through to create a watercolor collage, starting with the sketch and ending with the final result. This 22″ x 30″ art piece took the better part of a month to complete.

About Beth Marcil

Beth Marcil is a well-recognized Maui artist who also leads SoulCollage® workshops and Visual Journaling as well as private coaching sessions. She blends her many years of art training with her love of healing and the creative process.


  1. Wow just stunning. So clever and beautiful

  2. How do you get the drawing onto the black paper? It looks identical to the sketch on the white paper?

    • Good question, Stephanie. My original sketch is on tracing paper and is thin enough that I’m able to place it on top of the black paper and transfer the image by tracing over every line. I use white Saral transfer paper so the traced image shows up on the black. I I also make sure to tape my sketch to the black paper so that it doesn’t move during the transfer process. If you try this yourself, please post your results. I’d love to see what you come up with!

  3. iraida Vives says:

    me gusta mucho su creatividad en la pintura. Gracias por compartirla

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