Feels like home – watercolor and ink

Something sweet to share with you today.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜Š

I just love to paint birds and flowers and was in the mood for something sweet. It started with a watercolor under painting.

 

bird and flowers watercolor under painting

Sorry about the quality of the photo, not great but it works.

I used a #6 round brush and started with the leaves. For the bird I built up the color with about 3 washes darkening each time. The flowers were last as I tried to balance things out.

At this point I was pretty happy with the painting but wanted more. So out came the pens… I was thoughtful about wanting to keep the softness of the piece which meant I needed to be careful with the amount of ink used.

 

bird and flowers watercolor and ink painting

I darkened the bird’s eye and added some light marks on the body and legs. Just a few small touches for the little guy and no outlining.

I tried to use some soft playful outlines on the flowers while using my regular bold outline on the leaves.

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

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere!

๐ŸŒธ ย Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

You can follow me on Instagram at pattyanneart

A little bit of this and that

I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of this and that with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

 

a few florals in my sketchbook

Playing in my sketchbook brings me joy.

This little sketchbook is 5 x 5 inches and just perfect for a quick ink sketch.

 

a few ink sketches of flowers and birds

Little bird and flowers… These pages just make me smile.

In my sketchbook I can explore ideas and not worry about making mistakes. Sometimes the results are good and other times not so much. It gives me an opportunity to try different compositions and elements on a small scale.

 

simple green and blue landscape

A simple watercolor landscape…calm and soothing.

Just three colors used in this painting, Prussian Blue, Sap Green, and Green Gold.

 

pretty orange flowers the garden

Some pretty flowers in my garden. This photo was taken using my iPhone in portrait mode. Such lovely colors and interesting shapes. Oh happy day!

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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Silent Sunday – at the beach watercolor

at the beach watercolor painting

At the Beach watercolor painting inspired by Jodi Hand on Skillshare,
Mini watercolor landscapes.

Hope your Sunday is wonderful! ๐Ÿ’š

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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More practice with different landscapes

I have more landscape practice to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

 

Mini test landscape paintings

Mini landscapes are a great way to play and learn.

I used a pencil and ruler to divide my 7 x 10 inch watercolor page into four sections. This mini size is just perfect for playing with different colors and ideas.

 

Pines landscape painting

Using the lower right landscape above as inspiration, I worked on a larger painting of countryside pines. I did switch a few things up in this larger piece and that’s ok. I think it worked out well.

Watercolor tip:ย  The pines (or objects) that are further away should have less detail and be a lighter color. This helps create distance and depth.

 

countryside watercolor painting

This landscape was inspired by a picture from my daily calendar. I wanted to try something different with a pretty green countryside. I love the distant hills and am happy with the calm soothing feeling.

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ ย Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Simple Watercolor and Ink florals

I have a few watercolor and ink florals to share with you today. I hope these joyful pages from my sketchbook bring you a smile.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

 

Little fall floral watercolor and ink

A little floral sketch with the addition of some warm colors for this one.

 

Simple Floral watercolor and ink

I love to paint first and then add a little sketching on top for detail and definition. Since this process requires waiting for the painting to dry before sketching, I usually have multiple projects going at the same time. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

bird and flowers watercolor and ink sketch

This last piece was a card that I made a while back with a little bird and flowers…a few things that bring me joy.

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

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

You can find me on Instagram at pattyanneart

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Potted Flowers – Collage Art

I had fun working on a collage piece this week. Hope these joyful flowers bring you a smile.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

working on collage idea

I started out playing with an idea using pieces of recycled cards, scrapbook paper, and watercolor paintings.

I arranged my cut shapes to create a few flowers. Then decided on including a flower pot…

potted flowers collage art

For the flower pot, I used a clothing catalog to cut out a few rectangle shapes. I added some pretty gold craft tape for a nice edge on the pot.

Close up - collage flowers

A little close up… just love those button centers!

I really enjoy creating with collage and this was a fun piece to put together.

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

You can follow me on Instagram at pattyanneart

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Flowering tree with ink doodles

I just love a flowering tree and today I have one to share with you. ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

It started with the simple idea of painting a tree… and so out came the watercolors.

 

watercolor tree under painting

A playful tree full of swirls became my under painting. I decided on a rainbow of colors for this one.

When I finished I set the painting aside for a while. I like to think about the sketching a little before diving in. That happens quite often.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

flowering tree watercolor and ink doodles

I started playing with different flower doodles and added with some leaves. I really like the contrast of the loud flowers on top with the quiet playful flowers falling to the ground.

Although this piece is really all about the flowers, I love the color and texture of the tree trunk.

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Watercolor landscape experiments

I have been doing more experimenting with watercolor landscapes. I believe it’s important to allow yourself to just play and see what happens. Even if the results are not what you wish for there is so much to learn from each painting.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’™

 

blue watercolor trees

I used Daniel Smith watercolors:ย  Prussian Blue and Payne’s Gray.

These colors really move around nicely on the paper, especially when playing with the wet on wet technique as I was doing here. An important thing to remember is to have fun and let go… no judgement, no overthinking ๐Ÿ˜Š

The light blue tree in the middle and a few of the darker trees up front I am quite happy with. This was a good practice and a nice warm up…

 

watercolor experiments - blue trees

More play with blues and wet on wet here.

I like the small tree on the left, it’s different and adds interest. The overlapping trees on the right are very interesting too, they seem to pull me in.

Watercolor tip: Some of the branch marks in the larger trees were made with a dry brush moving over damp paint. It pulls up some of the paint and creates a lighter area.

 

watercolor beach landscape

And finally a beach scene with some calm soothing colors. I really like this one… It takes me back to the beach.

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

Until next time, take care and be well.

๐ŸŒธย Patty Anneย  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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Tiny Squares – watercolor and ink

I have another tiny squares project to share with you today. I wanted something simple and fun this week. These little squares were just what I needed.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’™

 

watercolor tiny squares

I started with a couple rows of watercolor squares in light blue, gray, and brown.

No measuring, just playing and trying to paint a few rows of little squares.

To bump up the brown, I added a coffee wash on top of the light brown watercolor.

 

watercolor and ink tiny squares

Just a simple sketch in each little square to finish things off.

I just love this type of project…joyful little squares. Maybe that should have been the title of my post.

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

Until next time, take care and be well.

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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