Transparent Watercolor Petals

Transparent watercolor petals, delicate and lovely.

Happy Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I thought it would be fun to share with you a simple technique for painting layers of soft petals in watercolor.

A few key points before we get started:

– the goal is to slowly build up color with each layer of paint

– start with a very light color

-each layer added is a little darker

– let each layer dry before adding the next one (very important!)

– a round brush works well for this (I used size 12)

Each layer of color is mixed to be slightly darker than the previous layer. Adding more water to a color mix will give you a lighter shade which works well for this exercise.

This is what I used…

Pink Color mixing

Daniel Smith watercolors:

Layer 1-ย  Quin Rose + Yellow Ochre
Layer 2 – Quin Rose + Yellow Ochreย  (slightlyย darker than Layer 1)
Layer 3 – Quin Rose + Yellow Ochre + Mayan Orange
Layer 4 – Quin Rose + Yellow Ochre + Mayan Orange (slightly darker than Layer 3)

Transparent Watercolor Petals - Layer 1

First layer is very light and pale.

Transparent Watercolor Petals - Layer 2

Second layer, adding a few different petal shapes with a slightly darker shade of pink. Things don’t look very good at this point, but hang in there it gets better. ๐Ÿ™‚

The hardest part is waiting for things to dry completely between layers.

I also added a few tiny green stems to build up later.

Transparent Watercolor Petals - Layer 3

Another layer adding a few more petals with a slightly darker color…

Layer 3 is looking a little better now.

Transparent Watercolor Petals - Layer 4

Then a last 4th layer of darker petals. It gets pretty exciting at this point when the flowers start to take shape.

You could stop now or continue on and develop your painting further. I decided to just leave this one as is.

I hope you enjoyed this little exercise. It is an easy way to develop soft, delicate watercolor flowers. Let me know if this was helpful, I would love to hear from you.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Eucalyptus leaves

A simple painting of Eucalyptus leaves today.

Calm and soothing greens and blues.

I love the combination of a simple ink sketch with soft colors.

Eucalyptus leaves ink and watercolor

Eucalyptus Leaves – 9 x 12 inch bee watercolor paper

Daniel Smith watercolors used:

Cerulean Blue
Phthalo Blue
Cascade Green
Buff Titanium

Sketched using a black Micron pen, size .03

I bought a set of black Micron pens with a wonderful travel case. It had room for additional pens and so… I filled it up. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also managed to fit my mechanical pencil in the case as well.

I love having this little case next to me whenever I am sketching, everything I need is visible and right on hand. โค I’ve mentioned these pens in other posts and thought you might like to see what I’ve been using.

Micron pens in travel case


I like to think that I am painting myself happy. I hope you enjoy seeing my happy art and it inspires you create and do something you love.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. โค Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Leaves – watercolor and ink

I’ve been sketching and painting leaves again. There is something about leaves that I find very calm and soothing.ย  Hope you enjoy…

Happy Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Watercolor leaves

A fun practice with different shades of green and blue, my favorite colors. I used my Princeton 1/4 inch Dagger brush for these paintings.ย  I love that brush so much!

It was fun to play around with different shapes and just enjoy the painting process. โค

Watercolor Tip: A clean tissue is always handy to have on hand for blotting. I use one when I put down too much color or too much water on the paper. Just remember to be gentle so that you don’t damage the surface of your paper.

Watercolor leaves

Both watercolor paintings are on 6 x 9 inch individual sheets of Bee watercolor paper.

Continuing on with a few ink sketches…

Leaves ink sketch

I love the simplicity of this one. It just feels good.

When I am sketching or doodling, I try not to overthink what I am doing.

If I think about the pen in my hand and the movement of my hand, either the line I am making or going to make, things don’t work out very well for me. It sounds funny but I need a general plan and then I have to be deliberate with the pen and sketch without fear.

Flowing leaves ink sketch

Ink on mixed media paper using black Micron pens

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you find time to create art and do something you love.ย Until next time, have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Cardinal and watercolor

I snapped a cute photo of a female Cardinal on my backyard feeder. I thought it would be fun to paint this lovely bird and share my watercolor process with you.

Happy Sunday!

My painting inspiration and backyard capture… a lovely Cardinal โค

Female Cardinal photo

I started thinking about the colors I would need for this painting while viewing the photo on my laptop.ย  Below is a little test sheet with notes on the colors mixed and used.


color testing

Color mixing notes (Daniel Smith watercolors)
Orange:ย  Quinacridone Rose and Hansa Yellow light
Brown:ย  Yellow Ochre and Payne’s Gray
Red:ย  Deep Scarlet and Payne’s Gray
Purple:ย  Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Rose, and Payne’s Gray

The initial sketch and first light wash

initial wash - female cardinal

With the first wash I put down enough color to define the overall shape and create a nice base to build on.

I just love her gorgeous feather tiara. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  She looks like the queen of the backyard.


Second wash - female cardinalย The second wash starts to bring things to life as I build up color and add some darker values. As you can see, there is still more work that needs to be done.


Female Cardinal 3rd wash

The third wash builds up even more color and includes the addition of a background. I thought it was finished at this point. But after the painting dried I decided it needed a few more small details. I used a black micron pen with a very small tip (.005) and a white gel pen for the additional details.


Female Cardinal watercolor

I also brightened up the green a bit in the background before calling this one done.

Watercolor Tips:

  • Test out your colors on scrap paper first and write down notes on color mixing.
  • When sketching on watercolor paper, be careful to use a light touch. I recently used some new paper and found that it easily became bruised from my pencil markings. I realized the problem only after I started painting…..lesson learned and a good reminder going forward.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my watercolor process and are inspired to create art.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and do something you love.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Cutie

This little beauty visits the feeder often. I was pretty excited when he dropped by and I was able to snap a few photos of him.

tufted titmouse - lovely

I love those big eyes! It looks like he is checking out what’s for dinner.


Tufted Titmouse watercolor
Tufted Titmouse watercolor

I was inspired to paint my little backyard friend. I decided to keep things simple and just paint him perched on a branch. I added a fun splashy background to finish up the painting. I may have had a little too much fun with that background but oh well… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Paper:ย  7×10 inch Arches watercolor block
Daniel Smith watercolor paint:
Cobalt blue, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Yellow Ochre

Additional details added with a .005 black micron pen and a white gel pen.


tufted titmouse with seed

In this photo,ย  it looks like he approves and will take his food to go. ๐Ÿ™‚
Another happy fella at the backyard feeder.

Watercolor Tips:

Over time the tip of your brushes and pens can wear down. Be sure to replace those that have become worn.

I still get a little uptight when a few paintings in a row don’t work out as planned. I’ve found the best thing for me is to hang in there, loosen up, and keep on going. The important thing to remember is to enjoy the process and have fun.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something fun. Until next time, have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne



Backyard Nuthatch

A frequent visitor to my backyard is the sweet Nuthatch.ย  This cute little bird is always fun to watch balancing on the feeder or creeping around on a tree trunk in search of food.

Backyard Nuthatch photo

This guy was pretty vocal. I just love this pic. โค


Nuthatch in a tree

This fella was on a mission bouncing around on a tree trunk. ๐Ÿ™‚


White-breasted Nuthatch
Nuthatch watercolor


I decided to combine both of my photos for this painting and tried to capture the cute expression of the sweet Nuthatch in the first photo.

I started off with a light pencil sketch and then added a little detail with a black Micron pen.ย I continued with watercolor building up color and adding definition to my bird and branch.ย  At this point, I was quite happy and thought I was finished.

but …

Later I took a few photos of my painting and it became quite clear that it really needed more color. I decided to go for it and really punch up the blues.

Ahh.. that’s better. ๐Ÿ™‚ That color boost really made a difference.

White-breasted Nuthatch final
Nuthatch watercolorย 

Watercolor Tip:

Viewing a photo of your work can help you see where you need to add additional detail or more color.

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and my backyard friends. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and do something you love!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne




Simple Petals & Leaves

It is always fun to play and practice.

A few simple flowers and leaves with my favorite Dagger brush. โค

For this practice, I limited the colors used and tried to limit the number of brush strokes on each flower. At first I was a little disappointed that I could not master the rose shape but what I realized after playing around a while is that I actually like the irregular shapes best.

Simple Roses
Simple Roses

I started at the base of the flower putting pressure on the brush and pulling up toward the top,ย  then the same thing on the other side to complete the bud shape.

While the bud was still wet, I tried to cradle it with green leaves. Starting at the base with smaller strokes, I pulled upward to create little leaves on both sides.

The last step was simply painting the stem by starting at the base of the bud/leaves and pulling down to create a fine line.


Simple petals and leaves
Simple petals and leaves

I loosened up after a while and then tried some other playful shapes. I really like how they turned out.


Simple Roses and buds

For this practice piece, I added a blue sky and played a little more.
Nothing complicated, just a few joyful flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think it is important to allow yourself time to play…it helps keep things interesting and fun.

Rose buds
Rose buds –ย  6 x 9 inch watercolor on Bee paper

For this final painting, I kept things soft and loose. I really love this painting and plan on giving it to a very special couple.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne