Inspired by joyful shapes

I’ve been having fun playing with paper and scissors lately. Today I have some joyful shapes created from Christmas cards. Sometimes I need to step away from the paint brush and allow myself the freedom to create in other ways.

I get excited playing with paper shapes and gluing together something new and beautiful. It just makes my heart sing.

paper butterfly collage

These little guys make me smile every time I look at them. I plan to use them on a special card.

collage butterfly and flower

This flower just needs a stem. I have many options here… paint one, sketch one, or cut one out of paper.

paper birdie shapes

These little birds happened by accident while cutting up this card.

Oh happy day! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I was trying to cut out some leaves and I noticed that a few left over scraps looked like a bird. That inspired me to keep cutting more and more out the same way. After my happy dance, I cut out some little wings and glued them on.

I just love the random colors and patterns on the birds. They too will probably find their way to a pretty card or maybe a new collage piece.

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 stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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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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Watercolor leaves collage

I cut out some leaf shapes from one of my practice paintings and had fun with a simple collage.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Collage Watercolor painting of Leaves

I selected a dark piece of scrapbook paper for the background so that my leaves would stand out. After playing around with the arrangement, I glued down the pieces leaving some space between them.

For this piece I decided to keep things simple and not add any ink or other embellishments. I really like this simple design.

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

Join me on Instagram at pattyanneart

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Collage floral bouquet

I put together a floral collage recently and am very excited to share it with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒบ

 

collage flowers - cut out shapes

After a Skillshare class by Claire Picard,

Art Collage – Create a Beautiful Paper Rose Bouquet,

I couldn’t wait to get started on my project.

I had some pretty pink scrapbook paper that I used to cut out shapes for my roses. I started by playing around with flower shapes to see what I liked. Then I got pretty excited, I can do this!

A light gray scrapbook paper was a nice contract to the pink flowers so I used that for the background.

 

Collage floral planning

The leaf shapes that I cut out:

Dark brown leaves – from a Christmas card
Bigger white leaves – from one of my ink sketches
Small light brown leaves – from a paper lunch bag

Once I had a nice design arranged, I took a picture of it so that I could refer back to it as I worked to glue things in place.

One lesson learned is that I will need a different type of glue next time around. Claire used PVA glue. She painted it on each piece and glued things down with ease.

I used a glue stick and it was quite a challenge. I’m not a fan of sticky fingers. ๐Ÿ˜ So that will part of my process will need to change.

 

Collage floral glued down

I glued down the flowers first and then worked my way out to the leaves.

Next a little ink detail pulled the piece together.

 

Collage floral art

The final touch was using a white pen for additional bouquet filler.

It was so much fun putting this piece together and I love how it turned out. I am excited about the many ways in which I can combine watercolor painting and ink sketching in another creative way.

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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Christmas Card Collage

I decided to switch things up and try something new. I recently enrolled in a Skillshare class on Collage Art, Collage & Go.ย  For the class project,ย  I thought it would be fun to use some Christmas cards and scrapbook paper that I had on hand.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

Christmas card collage start

I cut out some circle shapes and then cut the circles in half.

After arranging the half circles in rows,ย  I simply glued them down using a glue stick.

 

Christmas collage art project

Wishing you Peace

After adding a few more small pieces,ย  it was time for a little detail. I cut out the word Peace for the top and added a few ink doodles.

I had a lot of fun putting this collage together and just love all of the little birds. When I finished I noticed the words on the page, Wishing you Peace.ย  I just love that!

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

I’m on Instagram at pattyanneart

Making a special birthday card

I have a special project to share with you today.ย 

Happy Sunday, friends!ย ๐Ÿ’š

After I watched this SkillShare class by Theodora Gould,ย Watercolour Cut outs,ย I knew I found the perfect gift.

 

watercolor flowers and leaves

It started with painting some leaves and flowers, loose and simple.

I tried to keep each piece about the same size.

 

watercolor leaves and berries

A few more little paintings. I made sure to add light and dark areas in each.

Then a little more fun, adding ink detail….

 

ink details added to watercolor flowers

Hello little flowers!ย ๐Ÿ˜„

Just some simple outlining as well as a few details here and there.

I love how the ink brings them to life.

ink details added to watercolor leaves and berries

I wasn’t sure how many pieces I would need and which would look best together. I painted two sheets to be sure I had enough to work with.

The next step was to cut each piece out leaving a little white paper around the edges. I took my time making sure to not damage the little pieces.

 

watercolor floral cut outs

I can’t tell you how happy these little pieces made me… ๐Ÿ’œ

 

floral watercolor card arrangement

 

On a fresh piece of 6 x 9 inch watercolor paper, I sketched a little vase and then made a slice in the paper to slide the leaves and flowers into.

Once I was happy with the arrangement, I flipped over the card and taped the pieces down.

I glued a fresh piece of paper to the back to clean things up and cover up the taped area.

 

floral watercolor birthday card

 

To finish things off I added a few little embellishments. This little card made my heart sing, I just love how it turned out and was so excited to hand deliver it. ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฟ

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on my friends!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

I’m on Instagram at pattyanneart

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