Leaves in watercolor and ink

I decided to paint more leaves and ended up creating a nice little pattern.

Happy Thursday, friends!ย  ๐Ÿ’š

 

leaves - watercolor and ink pattern

To start, I painted my leaves in watercolor and let them dry. I don’t have a good photo of them to share though. It’s been rather gray outside and photographing artwork has been a little difficult lately. ๐Ÿ˜Š

A few days later, I outlined my watercolor leaves in ink. There were many places that had room for more leaves so I sketched a few more on each branch with my pen. I think it added a little movement and fun.

Adding ink detail to a painting can be a little scary.ย  I’ve been there and still need to remind myself of these things:

  • I can always start over and repaint if I need to
  • You learn something with every painting
  • Fear holds you back and causes a shaky hand (and shaky lines)
  • If you decide to add ink, do it with confidence and deliberate strokes
  • Don’t worry about the results, they get better over time

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  ย Patty Anneย  ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Snowflake doodles

I had some fun with snowflakes this week.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

snowflake doodles watercolor and ink

After playing and doodling some fun shapes, I added watercolor.

A little blue and purple combined with playful brushstrokes made some fun snowflake shapes.ย  ๐Ÿ’™โ„๏ธ

This page in my sketchbook just makes me smile.

 

snowflakes using markers

Later I had some fun with my new Tombow markers. Oh, I just love these gorgeous colors!

I hope you find time to do more of what you love.

Wishing you all the best in 2020!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Watercolor landscape squares

I had fun playing and painting watercolor landscape squares this week.

I was inspired by the beautiful work and creativity of fellow blogger and friend Jill Kuhn. I love her November Square-A-Day landscapes and decided to try a few squares.

You can check out Jill’s post here, November Square-A-Day Landscapes

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ’™

 

watercolor landscapes in progress

I started by taping off a few sections in my watercolor sketchbook.

My plan was to keep it simple and limit each square to a just a few colors.

 

watercolor landscape squares

Daniel Smith watercolors used:ย  Sap Green, Pthalo Blue, and Carbazole Violet
Brush used: Round #12

This was a fun way to play and work on ideas for future paintings. Although a large part of this exercise was about trying different color combinations, I was reminded how important it is to leave some unpainted areas. Leaving a little white of the paper adds interest and also a little sparkle.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent! ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Holiday botanical painting

I have a little holiday watercolor and ink sketch to share today.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

 

holiday watercolor background

I started out playing with a simple watercolor border of branches, twigs, and berries.

Then I decided it would be fun to add a little ink sketching on top.

 

holiday watercolor and ink

I outlined some leaves in ink and added a few more twigs and bits to fill things in.

The ink seems to pull it all together. I always enjoy the final sketching phase and try to play and have fun. I just have to be mindful of when to stop. That’s always the hardest part.ย  ๐Ÿ˜

 

Holiday Botanical Watercolor Card

Just one last thing, adding a holiday message… Ok, much better now. ๐ŸŽ„

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Coffee painting again

When I started painting and playing with coffee I didn’t realize how much fun it was going to be. I have a few more coffee paintings to share today.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

 

Coffee Birdie painting

I sketched a little bird in pencil and then started painting with coffee. I tried not to overcomplicate the feathers and made sure to leave some white spots here and there. I love this little guy, so soft and sweet…

 

Coffee Palette

Espresso powder for baking works well for me.

Simply adding a little water to a small amount of powder and then you have a nice coffee mix. The espresso has been on my palette for a while, so this time I just sprayed a mist of water on it to rewet it.

Coffee Roses painting

I’ve been working on roses and decided to paint a few more with coffee. I used two round #6 brushes for this painting.ย  One brush for color and the other for clean water. The second clean brush was handy for extra blending or lifting of color.

Roses:
I started with the center rose on bottom, then added a rose on each side.
It needed more, so I continued and stacked a few more smaller roses on top.

Leaves:
I started with some large leaf shapes and tried to balance things out on each side of my roses. I still wanted more, so for a little variety and movement I added some smaller leaves on the outer edges.

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and have fun!

๐ŸŒธย  ย Patty Anneย  ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Happy Thanksgiving

I have a few favorites to share with you today.ย  ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hope you have a wonderful day, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

Peaceful view photograph

A favorite photo taken while in California a few months ago.

The view from my room was amazing.

 

willow watercolor painting

A favorite watercolor painting from last year that I wanted to share again.

Willows, loose and free. I just love these colors together.

 

chickadee watercolor

A sweet little chickadee that I painted earlier this year.

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

Happy Thanksgiving!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Sparkle Tree watercolor

Another Christmas card painting to share today.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ

 

Christmas tree watercolor before sparkle added

I painted my tree using a 1/2 inch flat brush. I need to remember to pick that brush up more often.ย ๐Ÿ˜Šย I really like the purple and blue together.

Once again, I put my new gold and silver pens to the test…

 

Sparkle Christmas tree watercolor

Oh I just love a little sparkle! It feels like Christmas.ย ๐ŸŽ„

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

 

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