Playing with Watercolor and Collage

I’ve been playing with watercolor and ink cutouts lately. Today I have a cheerful collage that I put together using my cutouts.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

watercolor and ink leaves and flowers

I painted some shapes on mixed media paper and let them dry. Later I outlined the shapes with ink and then cut them out.

close up of little collage bird
up close view of my sweet little collage bird

I used an old watercolor painting to cut out some additional shapes for my bird.

A round head, oval body, and small wing. It turned out pretty cute.

punching out paper flower shapes
punching out paper flower shapes

I’m so in love with these little flowers shapes and the designs left behind on the paper after using my new punches. 🌼

collage pieces - watercolor and ink cutouts

My cute little bird surrounded by joyful flowers and leaves.

After playing with the pieces a while, I was inspired to start putting the collage together.

Collage - Little Sweetie

The butterflies were put together using some scraps from my bird. I needed something at the top of the piece and the flowers and butterflies filled in that area nicely.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

Painting with a large flat brush

It’s starting to feel like Fall and I am loving it. This is my favorite time of year.

I’ve been busy getting ready for a very special bridal shower next weekend but found time to do a little painting. 🌿

Botanical Blues - large brush watercolor

Botanical Blues 9 x 12 inch

I used a large 1″ flat brush for this painting. The paper is mixed media and pretty smooth. I like the simplicity and color combination.

Large watercolor leaves with Flat brush

This is a similar style painting from last year on Arches cold press watercolor paper. I was able to achieve some nice texture with this one. Paper choice does make a difference.

Fall mums on the deck

Some pretty Fall mums to add some cheer to this post and my deck.

Pretty buds up close

Hello beautiful buds!

A little close up with my iPhone. The colors and shapes are so inspiring. So many clusters of tiny flowers getting ready to sing and dance.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

Ink sketching makes it all better

Today I have some colorful leaves to share with you. This piece hit a little bump in the road during the first layer of painting. As the title suggests, ink sketching makes it all better… well, this time it did. 😊

Happy Thursday, friends! 🧡

 

watercolor leaves - base painting

I mixed different shades of red, orange, and pink. The painting was all pretty basic with some leaf shapes and stems.

The last touch was to add something in the upper right corner to balance things out.

 

watercolor leaves - showing an issue

As  I painted away I realized… uh oh, I just painted the leaves in the wrong direction. My plan was to paint a few more leaves in the right direction with a little darker color to see if that would fix it.

More paint wasn’t the solution I decided. I planned on adding ink sketching anyway and just hoped for the best. Now I had to wait for the painting to dry.

 

watercolor and ink - fall leaves sketch

To keep things more interesting I used different shapes and sizes for the leaves. I let the watercolor act as a guide and let the sketching bring things into focus.

My previous painting issue was saved by the ink sketching. I outlined a stem with leaves in the right direction and the other leaves just became part of the background.

I was able to make a save here and just go with it. There are always choices to make with every painting. My best advice is to just keep practicing and having fun.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

 

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Silent Sunday – at the beach watercolor

at the beach watercolor painting

At the Beach watercolor painting inspired by Jodi Hand on Skillshare,
Mini watercolor landscapes.

Hope your Sunday is wonderful! 💚

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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More practice with different landscapes

I have more landscape practice to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends! 💚

 

Mini test landscape paintings

Mini landscapes are a great way to play and learn.

I used a pencil and ruler to divide my 7 x 10 inch watercolor page into four sections. This mini size is just perfect for playing with different colors and ideas.

 

Pines landscape painting

Using the lower right landscape above as inspiration, I worked on a larger painting of countryside pines. I did switch a few things up in this larger piece and that’s ok. I think it worked out well.

Watercolor tip:  The pines (or objects) that are further away should have less detail and be a lighter color. This helps create distance and depth.

 

countryside watercolor painting

This landscape was inspired by a picture from my daily calendar. I wanted to try something different with a pretty green countryside. I love the distant hills and am happy with the calm soothing feeling.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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Simple Watercolor and Ink florals

I have a few watercolor and ink florals to share with you today. I hope these joyful pages from my sketchbook bring you a smile.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

 

Little fall floral watercolor and ink

A little floral sketch with the addition of some warm colors for this one.

 

Simple Floral watercolor and ink

I love to paint first and then add a little sketching on top for detail and definition. Since this process requires waiting for the painting to dry before sketching, I usually have multiple projects going at the same time. 🙂

 

bird and flowers watercolor and ink sketch

This last piece was a card that I made a while back with a little bird and flowers…a few things that bring me joy.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

You can find me on Instagram at pattyanneart

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Tiny Squares – watercolor and ink

I have another tiny squares project to share with you today. I wanted something simple and fun this week. These little squares were just what I needed.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💙

 

watercolor tiny squares

I started with a couple rows of watercolor squares in light blue, gray, and brown.

No measuring, just playing and trying to paint a few rows of little squares.

To bump up the brown, I added a coffee wash on top of the light brown watercolor.

 

watercolor and ink tiny squares

Just a simple sketch in each little square to finish things off.

I just love this type of project…joyful little squares. Maybe that should have been the title of my post.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, take care and be well.

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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Butterflies and Blooms

I’ve been thinking about butterflies lately and needing some happy, so here we go…

Happy Sunday, friends! 🦋

 

butterfly doodles

I filled a page in my sketchbook with a variety of butterfly doodles.

 

watercolor butterflies

Then I moved on to watercolor and played for a while. I just love those blues and purples.

 

Butterflies and blooms watercolor and ink

A larger painting of blooms and butterflies came together. The watercolor painting was first and then later ink sketching was added on top. The painting was a guide and inspiration for the botanical sketch. I really enjoy the watercolor and ink combination.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, take care and be well.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Spring flowers and birds

I have a few recent paintings to share today inspired by nature’s beautiful gifts.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

 

birdie watercolor

A sweet little birdie watercolor with just a touch of ink.

 

garden blooms watercolor

Watercolor floral with my favorite soft spring colors.

Flowers and birds always make me happy.  I hope they brighten your day as well.

I will probably cut back to one blog post a week for a while. I need to slow down a little but I will continue to paint and sketch. You can find me (and hopefully follow me) on Instagram at pattyanneart.

Until next time, take care and be well!

🌸  Patty Anne Art  🌸

Watercolor Landscape practice continues

I have another landscape practice to share with you today. I’m trying to paint at least one landscape a week in an effort to improve my confidence and skills.

Happy Thursday, friends! 💚

 

landscape watercolor painting

Browsing the September 2019 edition of “Paint & Draw Watercolour” magazine, I was inspired by Jem Bowden’s landscape painting and tips.

I am starting to feel a little more confident with each landscape. I like the depth I was able to achieve in this painting. I think I’m moving in the right direction. As they say, practice makes progress.  yay!

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

 🌸   Patty Anne  🌸

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