Making watercolor gift tags

I have a fun watercolor project to share with you today, watercolor gift tags! Handmade gift tags make the perfect addition to any gift.

Hope you are having a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ’š

It all starts with a simple design and very small painting. Below I have a few examples.

painting watercolor gift tags

I divide up the watercolor paper using a pencil and ruler. Then paint some simple designs making sure to leave room at the top and bottom for some lettering.

painting watercolor gift tags

After the mini paintings dried, I added a little ink detail to each of them using a gold and white pen. I thought the tags with leaves would look better if the leaves were outlined so I used a pen with a very small tip and gave that a try.

prepping watercolor gift tag for lettering

Adding lettering is always difficult for me. I decided to use some tape as a guide to help me keep the lettering straight. With a pencil I lightly added the message and then used my gold pen to trace over it. Later I gently erased any pencil marks left behind.

handmade watercolor gift tags

I used a hole punch and added some rustic string to finish them off. A pretty ribbon would look nice too. On a couple of them I got a little fancy and changed the shape of the tag at the top with a little snip of the scissors. I really like how they turned out.

There’s so much you can do with these little tags. I hope you have fun and get creative. I can’t want to use my tags on gifts for loved ones.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. If you make some gift tags, please share with me on Instagram, @pattyanneart. I would love to see your designs.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Fall inspired watercolor painting

I have a quick post today with a fall inspired watercolor.

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Fall inspired watercolor leaves

9 x 12 inch – Fall time

I love this time of year and painting leaves just makes me happy.

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 Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Making Ornaments for Christmas

I’ve been having fun making ornaments and thought you might like to see my process.

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Watercolor painting for the project

I painted some holiday greenery for this project but you could use any painting for this. I may paint a few little birds next time…and I’m getting excited just thinking about it.

Last year I purchased a bunch of wood slice ornaments for some craft projects. I decided for this project to glue a small part of my painting to the wood. The watercolor paper was rather thick so I ended up using both double sided tape and Elmer’s glue to attach it.

Selecting a section of the painting

Using my circle template I found a nice area of the painting to cut out for each ornament.

Working on wood sliced ornaments

After attaching the painting to the wood ornament, I weighed it down with a couple heavy books for a few hours.

I just love these rustic ornaments, yay! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Making Christmas ornaments

The pretty green bow adds a sweet touch. I think they will make a nice gift.

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 Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Sweet Little birds

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.

bird shape templates

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.

watercolor bird painting initial layers

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… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

sweet little birds - stage 2

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.

sweet birds on a branch watercolor

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.

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Watercolor warmup

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.

Dagger watercolor brushes

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…

Flowing watercolor using dagger brush

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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Large flat brushes

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.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Making Shower Decorations

I have something a little different today… this week I was busy making a few shower decorations. These cute little paper dresses just filled my heart with joy. So today I thought I would mix things up with a little crafty post.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

template of dresses

I wanted to make a wedding dress banner after seeing a few of them on Pinterest.

I played around and sketched a simple dress outline. Then I made a template of the shape using some heavy paper.

 

paper dresses

For the final paper dresses I used a bright white scrapbook paper that had a little weight and texture.

 

pretty white fabric for wedding decorations

Ah, pretty iridescent fabric and white tulle for the skirt…

I cut a small square of each material and then hand stitched the top edges together so that it would gather at the waist area of the skirt.

 

stitching together the skirt

I also glued down some pretty ribbon at the bottom of the skirt which worked well.

 

wedding shower decorations

To secure the skirt in place, I glued it down and then hand sewed it to the paper dress. After that just a small piece of shiny trim was glued down to finish it off and add a little bling. ๐Ÿ˜„

Now that they are finished, I am not sure if I will make a banner or use them to decorate a few tables. The shower is still months away so I have time to decide. I need to start working on the shower invitation next. More to come on that.ย 

Hope you enjoyed seeing my pretty dresses and the reason for my happy dance this week.

Until next time, share a smile and be well.

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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I’m on Instagram at pattyanneart

 

Quiet Sunday – Lavender watercolor

Thinking of warmer days and sharing a lavender painting today.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’œLavender painting

11 x 15 inchย  – Lavender watercolor

Hope you find time to create and have fun.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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