Leaves in a few different styles

I have been having fun sketching and painting leaves and vines lately.ย  Today I have a few different styles to share with you.

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This first piece I created using Tombow watercolor markers.

fruit stripe vines with markers and ink

I started sketching the the vines adding more and more neon colors. Then I outlined them with a black pen.

These leaves remind me of Fruit Stripe gum from back in the day. I loved that gum!

 

watercolor and ink vines

9 x 12 Bee mixed media sketchbook

For this piece, I painted with watercolor first and then added ink detail on top. I like to keep the painting loose and not worry about perfection with shape. Then the last step of outlining with ink cleans things up a bit.

 

Soft leaves and vines in watercolor

6 x 9 inch Bee watercolor paper

Using a large round brush I painted simple vines using different shades of yellow, green and blue. I love the color palette and simplicity here. This is probably my favorite of the four pieces.

 

Large watercolor leaves with Flat brush

7 x 10 inch Arches watercolor paper

Using a large 1 inch flat brush, I played with large leaf shapes. The Arches cold press paper has a nice texture and creates some interesting patterns.

Each piece has a different style and feeling. It’s fun to take the same subject and create something totally different by switching up supplies and technique.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for following me on this creative journey.ย  Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

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Garden inspiration watercolor

I have some happy flowers to share with you today. I had fun painting and sketching this garden inspired piece, hope you enjoy. ๐Ÿ˜€

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I painted a loose floral on 12 x 18 inch Canson watercolor paper. Using a large round #14 brush helped when painting these big leaves and petals.

Tip: Let the white of the paper show through in some areas of your flowers and leaves, it adds a little sparkle to the piece.

 

garden beauty watercolor and ink sketch

Laying down ink on top makes the painting more lively and fun. The painting underneath acts as a guide and inspiration to the sketching on top. In some areas, I follow the flow of the painting and other times go off script and sketch what I’m feeling.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for sharing this creative journey with me. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

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Painting Spring crocuses

I have Spring crocuses to share with you today. I love these cheerful flowers and hope they brighten your day.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

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Crocus watercolor painting

I was inspired by the mini crocuses blooming in my yard. These tiny yellow and purple flowers brought me much joy when they arrived this Spring.

Using my large round #14 brush, I painted in a very loose wet on wet watercolor style.

 

yellow and purple mini crocuses

iPhone photo inspiration – pretty little crocuses

Although this is not a great photo, I love the bright colors and wanted you to see my painting inspiration.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for following along and sharing this journey with me.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

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Botanicals with a large flat brush

My usual go to brush lately has been a large round brush. I decided to dust off my large flat brush and give it a try… something different sounded like fun. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I was inspired to practice painting with a large flat brush after watching aย Whitney Rain Skillshareย class, Modern Watercolor Botanicals for Everyone.

For my paintings I mixed up a few different greens using Daniel Smith watercolors.

green watercolor mixing

I tried to keep things simple at first to see what I could do with this large 1 inch flat brush. I’ve played with a smaller flat brush on occasion but not much with a large one.

 

Foliage watercolor with large brush

Foliage 1 – painted on 6 x 9 inch bee paper

Just trying to create large leaves and vines with the large brush. I also used a smaller flat brush a little here as well. Not a bad start and some nice variation of color.

 

Foliage watercolor with large brush

Foliage 2 – 7 x 10 inch Arches watercolor paper

I love the simplicity with this one. It was a good practice using the brush in multiple ways. You can use the side of the brush for a wide broad stroke or just the thin edge to get a straight fine line. I’m kind of amazed at all of the variation that is possible with this brush.

 

Foliage watercolor with large brush

Foliage 3 – 7 x 10 inch Arches watercolor paper

I also used a few smaller brushes in this piece. Although I like the composition and many of the shapes here, I think I used too many mid tones. It’s about learning and having fun… so I’ll take that as a win.

The better quality Arches paper was nice to use for a change. The cold press has a lovely texture which I really enjoyed.

 

garden floral watercolor with large brush

Garden foliage – 7 x 10 inch Arches watercolor paper

On my final piece I decided to add some pink to indicate flowers. As I’ve said many times before, I just love green and pinks together. #colorcrush

It was a joy playing and painting these botanical pieces. I painted all of them one after the other in about an hour or so. There are times when I fuss over what to paint and work on. This was not one of those times and it felt really good.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Spring tulips and painting decisions

It started with a loose painting of tulips in soft pastel colors…๐ŸŒท

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜ŠPastel tulips watercolor painting

My initial plan was that this would be an under painting for some ink sketching later.

but then I had second thoughts…

Now I have to consider where to go from here.

  • Continue on with watercolor and further develop the tulips
  • Stop at this point and keep the loose abstract feel
  • Add a little ink sketching detail
  • Add some playful doodle sketching

What choice would you make?

I will probably call this done for now and revisit it later.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around.

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

 

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Playful Pink watercolor and ink

I have some fun pink flowers to share with you today.ย  Hope your day is sunny and bright.

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playful pink floral watercolor and ink

Playful Pink Floralย  – 6 x 9 inch bee watercolor paper 140 lb

After painting my flowers and leaves, I used a micron pen to add some detail and a few doodles. The watercolor paper I used was only somewhat smooth and I found sketching on it was a bit difficult. I should have done a better job planning but in the end it worked out fine.

Tip:ย ย If your paper is not smooth, it will really eat up the tip of your pen. A better choice for me would have been to use a mixed media paper or possibly a hot press watercolor paper (which has a super smooth surface).

I love the combination of watercolor and ink together. I really like the light blue next to the pink in this piece. My flowers simple and playful… and that just makes me happy. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

 

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Having fun painting leaves

I have some simple leaves to share withย you today. I always enjoy painting leaves and find it to be quite relaxing.

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pastel leaves - watercolor painting

I played with different colors and brushes in this painting. Each stem is angled in a different direction creating a fun pattern of leaves.

 

pastel painting - watercolor painting

Another attempt in a similar style, just enjoying the process without worrying about results.

It kind of reminds me of wallpaper or fabric design.

 

lovely leaves

Painting leaves is a good way to practice brush strokes.

Using more or less pressure on your brush as you paint allows you to vary the shape of your leaves. More pressure equals a wider area and less pressure a narrow area. Combining both in one stroke can create some nice results with a little practice.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create and have fun. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

 

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