Making Ornaments for Christmas

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

Hope you have a wonderful day! πŸ’š

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! 😊

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.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Block painting a watercolor tree

It may be early but I’ve been thinking about Christmas. I decided try another version of a block tree painting this year. Hope you enjoy seeing my process.

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’š

Tape guide setup of basic tree shape

I pulled out my stash of washi tape and blocked off a triangle tree shape. My process photos were taken in the evening as I worked so the quality is not great, sorry about that.

watercolor tree setup with tape guide

I used a narrow tape for the diagonal lines. What I love about the tape (besides the fact that it’s so pretty) is that it’s not too sticky and I was able to adjust the placement multiple times without damaging the paper.

watercolor tree painted with tape guide

I used just two colors for this painting:
Undersea green and Prussian blue

My tools used:
Round #6 brush, a cut up credit card , and a ruler

I simply wet the paper with a little clean water using diagonal strokes. I mostly painted with the credit card dragging paint in various directions. Using the brush I was able to get paint into the corners and fill in around the edges.

watercolor tree painted with tape guide

The final reveal after removing the tape… (the most exciting part!)

I’m pretty excited with the result. I really love the bold color and simple design. I think this will make a lovely card.

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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Painting watercolor leaves

I love to paint leaves. There is something so relaxing and enjoyable about painting simple leaves.

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’š

watercolor leaves

This painting was done using a large flat brush and a cut up credit card. A little experimentation and fun!

I wet the paper with clean water making leaf shapes using the large flat brush. Then I dipped my plastic card into the watercolor paint and moved the card across the paper to create some nice leaf shapes.

My watercolors used are from Daniel Smith:
Undersea Green
Prussian Blue

watercolor leaves

A little close up view here. I love how the colors move across the paper when it hits the water. The swirls and blending on the paper is kind of magical. πŸ™‚

It seems when I just paint and play without worry, nice things happen.

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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Oh that coral pink!

I recently bought a pad of Arches watercolor paper and decided to limit it to only floral paintings. Today I have one of those paintings to share with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’—

My favorite coral pink watercolor combination:
Quinacridone Rose +
Yellow Ochre +
Pyrrol Scarlet (just a tiny bit)

coral pink watercolor floral without centers

I started by painting the flower petals first. That way I have lots of room and freedom to position them anywhere on the page. Then I can fill in with leaves and stems all around and balance things out.

I’m very happy with the soft petals. While the paint was still wet, I used a clean brush and a little water to soften the edges.

coral pink watercolor floral

For the flower centers, I used a very small brush and a dark color mix. It took a couple layers of paint to get the deep color that I wanted. The dark color in the center of the flowers really wakes up this painting.

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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Potted plants three in a row

I’m in love with paintings of potted plants and flowers. This week I decided to paint a few.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! πŸ’š

potted plants - three in a row

9 x 12 inch – Three in a row (a sunny hello)

I imagine these pretty pots sitting on a patio or deck somewhere. I think they would be a cheerful addition to an outdoor space.

A few notes:
– I used mixed media paper here. I might have been better off with my watercolor sketchbook that can handle more water. The paper started giving me trouble at the end and buckled a bit.

– Keeping the color and size of the pots slightly different helps create interest.

– Positioning of the pots is also important. It’s more interesting if the spacing between them is different. I think I was partially successful with this one.

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I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, sprinkle kindness everywhere.

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Undersea painting – watercolor and ink

I thought it would be fun to work on an underwater scene. I’m fascinated with sea life and really love visiting Aquariums.

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’™

undersea watercolor beginnings

I painted some circles and fun shapes first. Then once it was dry, I started sketching on top.

Sketchbook playtime

In my sketchbook I practiced a bit and played with different pens and colors. It doesn’t look like much but it really helps build confidence before adding all of the ink detail on the final piece.

undersea watercolor and ink up close view

This is a close up of the finished piece. I really like this color palette of blue, green, and gold. I layered different shapes and used a variety of pens and markers from my stash.

It’s so much fun to just let go and see what happens.

Undersea watercolor and ink

7 x 10 inch mixed media- Ocean

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 stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Going with the flow

I bought some pretty paper at the craft store a while back. There’s something about playing with paper and cutting out shapes that always gets me inspired.

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’š

These pretty patterns and warm colors inspired today’s art selection. 😊 I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with these shapes yet but I’m sure they will find their way into an upcoming project soon.

I was playing in my sketchbook with a large flat brush and painted this landscape with just two colors:
Prussian Blue and Quinacridone Burnt Orange

I’m amazed at how many different colors and tones you can get when painting with just two colors.

Coffee painting - Roses

These roses were painted about a year ago with espresso powder and water. Painting with coffee is a lot of fun and this is one of my favorites.

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 shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Blue Roses watercolor

I’ve been having fun playing with color.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! πŸ’™

Blue Roses watercolor
Blue Roses – 9 x 12 inch watercolor

It’s always fun to experiment and play. No rules, just have fun!

Here I used my favorite Prussian Blue and Undersea Green. I stacked the Roses and added just a few small leaves to balance things out.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

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Abstract watercolor – 2 views

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend.

Happy Independence day! ❀️ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

abstract watercolor landscape

I painted this watercolor landscape using a large flat brush and a limited color palette.

I was pretty happy with the results. When I decided I was finished painting I flipped it around to let it dry a bit upside down.

abstract watercolor landscape

I was a bit shocked by how much I loved this painting upside down. It made me smile and think, how did this even happen?? It looks like a water view now. There’s always something to learn from each painting.

I waited a while before removing the tape around the border and deciding where to place my signature.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

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Rocky Beach landscape

Today I have a watercolor landscape to share with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’š

Rocky beach watercolor

12 x 16 inch Rocky Beach

This painting was a good practice with some mixed results. I think it’s a good time to do a little self critique. There’s always something to learn from each painting. Hopefully I will be able to carry a few of these lessons forward to improve my next landscape.

The sky:
It is a bit too moody.
Maybe a larger brush and brighter color in the sky would have been a better choice.

The distant mountains:
I really like how the mountains turned out with interesting color and depth.
Using the credit cards here helped me stay rather loose and create some nice texture.

The water:
Nice gentle waves that were not overworked.
The large flat brush to the rescue here.

Beach foreground:
The sandy area fades nicely into the water.
The rocky area in front should have probably had more detail and maybe been broken up into smaller random shapes.

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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