My pink Azaleas just make my heart sing. That color is amazing! 💗 #colorcrush
Happy Thursday, friends! 🌸
The green gold leaves look so pretty next to the bright pink.
Now on to my sketchbook for some play time.
Daniel Smith watercolors used: Quinacridone Magenta Prussian Blue Undersea Green (just for the tiny stems)
I decided to experiment by painting my flowers using a cut up credit card. I’ve been using a plastic card on landscapes and thought I’d give it a go with flowers.
I wet part part of the paper with clean water. Just trying for playful strokes by pulling and pushing around the paint on the paper. I really wasn’t sure if this would be a success or a big fail. Color mixing happened right on the paper. At times I dipped the card into thick paint and other times a watery mix.
Using a plastic card can be unpredictable but I found it was also quite exciting. My flowers ended up rather loose and artsy. Yay, I like that.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
Today I’m going to show you how my little bird painting came together.
It started with some cute templates that I made. When I’m painting birds I like to block out the bird shapes first.
I like being able to physically move the templates around and place the birds in different positions to find the best placement before I make any pencil marks on the page.
For this painting I decided to overlap two birds on the left facing the bird on the right. These little guys are sharing a special moment… 😉
The watercolor technique used here was wet on wet. Which is simply wetting the paper first with clean water and then dropping in wet paint. The magic happens when the paint mixes and mingles on the paper.
I worked my way across the paper starting with the bird on the left working on one bird shape at a time using the wet on wet technique. Each bird will be similar but not exactly the same and hopefully this would keep me from dragging my wrist through wet paint.
The next step was adding a little ink detail with a small waterproof pen. At this point I noticed that I needed a few more darks on the wings and so I added a little more paint there to finish the birds.
The last step was adding a background and a few details to the branches. Since the birds are the focal point, I tried to keep the branches rather soft without too much detail.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Keep playing and having fun. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.
I decided to play around and warm up a little with my dagger brush. I had an underwater painting in mind and decided to practice some wavy strokes.
The dagger brush has a nice point and wide base. It takes some getting used to but it’s a fun brush and quite versatile.
My warmup process was: – Load the brush with paint – Start at the bottom of the page with just the tip on the paper – Lightly drag the brush upward making a thin line and then press down in a rather wavy motion before lifting up and ending the stroke.
Just playing with two colors, Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna light. I started out with a very dilute mix of each color…
and worked my way up to darker colors.
Later I moved on to the underwater painting I had in mind. It didn’t turn out as I hoped. I may try again later but for now this little practice piece was a keeper. 😊
I’ve been trying out some new brushes lately. I recently purchased a set of 3 Hake brushes. I’ve only used the 2 inch size which is nice but it has been shedding a bit which I am not liking.
Have you tried out any new brushes lately? What is your favorite go to brush?
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.
I have a beach painting to share with you today. I would love to be at the beach and am looking forward to traveling again very soon.
This painting was inspired by watercolor artist, Lois Davidson. I’ve enjoyed many of her YouTube watercolor tutorials online.
Lately I’ve been taping off the edges of my watercolor paper before I start painting. I really like the nice border it creates around the painting. Although in my photo here it appears that part of the right edge got cut off. 😉
Above is the first layer of watercolor after it dried. I was quite happy with the base. Watercolor always dries lighter than you might expect. The soft soothing colors worked well here.
Adding some nice dark grasses and detail in the foreground created some depth and warmth. I love how the little birds in the sky add some life to the painting.
One thing I’ve learned it that you should keep on playing and practicing. Although I don’t like how the water turned out in this one. The sky is just dreamy and I am in love with it.
While every painting might not be a success, that’s ok. I’m having fun and learning from each one. Paint on my friends!
Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!
I’ve been having fun playing with paper and scissors lately. Today I have some joyful shapes created from Christmas cards. Sometimes I need to step away from the paint brush and allow myself the freedom to create in other ways.
I get excited playing with paper shapes and gluing together something new and beautiful. It just makes my heart sing.
These little guys make me smile every time I look at them. I plan to use them on a special card.
This flower just needs a stem. I have many options here… paint one, sketch one, or cut one out of paper.
These little birds happened by accident while cutting up this card.
Oh happy day! 😊
I was trying to cut out some leaves and I noticed that a few left over scraps looked like a bird. That inspired me to keep cutting more and more out the same way. After my happy dance, I cut out some little wings and glued them on.
I just love the random colors and patterns on the birds. They too will probably find their way to a pretty card or maybe a new collage piece.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Keep playing and having fun. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!