I recently teamed up with Kaitlyn, @thecottagepotter on Instagram, to create a small series of backgrounds for her groupings of houses. I’d been following her work on instagram for a bit when, a few weeks back, she mentioned she was interested in a collaboration.
Her work is charming. My favorites are her rainbow villages and weathered cottages.
She recently incorporated the crates to frame them and mentioned she might be interested in a little collaboration on a background to place in them.
I wanted to keep the backgrounds simple so that the houses would remain center of attention.
I also wanted to create a sense of depth so that the houses would feel like they sat in their own little worlds with vast stories and adventures.
To achieve this I used fewer layers of paint than I normally do, and avoided adding any foreground detail or high value contrasts.
Lastly, I left the pencil lines (something I often do anyway) because I liked them and thought they echoed @thecottagepotter's self-described wonky style.