I decided to try out the wax resist technique and have some interesting results to share with you.
Happy Sunday, friends! 🌼
In each of these little paintings I used a birthday candle to make marks on dry watercolor paper before painting. You can see the tiny candle that I used in the lower left landscape near the bottom.
The waxed area resists the paint and you are left with the visible white of the paper showing through. It worked well on a few of my mini paintings.
Watercolor Notes: -After making marks on the paper it’s hard to see where the wax is and how much coverage you actually have. It’s a bit of a risk but was fun to try. -The wax will remain on the paper and does not wipe off. Once it’s down, you can’t go back. -There were a few tiny wax bits left behind on top of the paper after I finished drawing/mark making with the candle. I just brushed them off the paper before I started to paint.
After playing for a while I decided to try using the technique on a bigger painting. A happy sunflower sounded like fun. 😁
Mom’s Sunflower – 9 x 12 inch watercolor
In the center of the flower I used the little candle to make some markings on the paper. The bright white area is where the wax went down. In some places I ended up with a light coverage but I think it’s rather nice.
I am super happy with my bright and splashy sunflower.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
I love watercolor tutorials. There’s so much to learn from another artist by watching their process and following along.
I very much enjoyed Karen Rice’s YouTube tutorial Poppies in Watercolour. After watching it a few times, I pulled out my good watercolor paper and jumped in with some paint.
Happy Sunday! 💚
I taped off my watercolor block and worked wet in wet to establish a nice sunlit background with distant poppies and leaves scattered about.
Color mixing green: Payne’s Gray + Lemon Yellow Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow
Karen used Payne’s Gray and Yellow to create a very nice earthy green. I really like that combination and will definitely use it again.
Another great take away from this tutorial is that when painting wet on wet and the paper is quite saturated, if you apply a thicker paint (more paint/less water), you are able to have more control with the paint on the paper.
I continued adding more Poppies in the foreground trying to vary shape, color, and placement. Once I was happy with the flowers, I added some buds and seed pods.
Poppies in the Sun watercolor – 12 x 16 inch Saunders watercolor paper
After a few final touches, I removed the border tape and called it done. I just love these happy flowers.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!
This year I decided to paint a few simple cards for Christmas. I thought it would be fun to share my process with you today.
Hope your day is wonderful! 💚
I started out by folding a 6 x 9 inch piece of bee watercolor paper in half.
Next step was taping off a tree shape with washi tape. I like that the washi tape comes off easily and does not harm the paper.
Using a small round brush I painted a few swipes of clean water across the paper at an angle. Then after dipping my brush in pigment, I lightly painted back and forth down the tree. I left some unpainted areas and like how it adds to the overall design.
Then just peel off the tape and you have a lovely tree.
You can mix it up and use different colors too. That would be a lot of fun.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.
I have a few more sketches to share as we close out #Inktober2020.
Hope you have a wonderful day friends! 💚
Inspired by all of the falling leaves, I worked on some simple leaf shapes filled with fun #doodle patterns.
A pretty vase with some happy flowers. 🌸
I played a bit more with patterns on this piece. This time using purple and blue micron pens. I think these colors really add to the fun here.
I always love how this type of sketch ends up surprising me. I wasn’t sure about a few of the patterns but kept going forward and ended up really liking the results.
Oh these girls just make me smile. I love to play in my sketchbook with these sweet characters.
I have a small pad of 6 x 6 inch black mixed media paper. Using my silver uniball signo pen, I sketched out a quick little floral. I just love the contrast and how the design seems to jump off the page.
Although my sketches are quite simple, I’m always learning and exploring new ideas. I really think that daily sketching even just 10 to 15 minutes a day leads to more growth and creativity.
I hope you enjoyed this little walk through my sketchbook.