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! ๐Ÿ’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!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Sunday sketchbook

I thought it would be fun to take you on a walk through my sketchbook today.

Happy Sunday! ๐Ÿ’š

My sketchbook is filled with a lot of quick sketches. As you will see, I don’t spend much time on detail or shading. Below are a few of my recent favorites.

garden sketch with butterfly

I like to play with shapes and work on different ideas.

My sketchbook is all about playing and having fun.

simple sketchbook flowers

I do most of my sketching with a pen and that means no erasing. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I think sketching that way builds muscle memory and confidence.

floral bouquet sketch

Sometimes a little floral sketch will inspire a painting.

undersea ink sketching

I like to use a variety of micron pens in different sizes and colors. A colorful sketch like this one makes me smile. It’s fun to play with color and try out different combinations.

sketchbook undersea play

I love to doodle and sketch underwater life. My hope is that these little sketches will lead to more ideas and bigger projects.

I hope you enjoyed this quick stroll through my sketchbook. Until next time, keep playing and having fun.

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Abstract watercolor – 2 views

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend.

Happy Independence day! โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Painting Tulips again

Just a quick post today. Sometimes the words just don’t flow for me. Today I’ll let my art do most of the talking. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hope your day is wonderful! ๐Ÿ’š

tulips watercolor card

A joyful card with a few simple tulips. Just love how this one turned out.

sweet pink tulips watercolor

Pretty tulips in my sketchbook. Just three colors were used to paint this tulip trio.

tulips - bold watercolor

A close up view of another tulip painting. A bit lively and fun with lots of yummy bold color.

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

You can join me on Instagram @pattyanneart

Butterflies and Blooms

I’ve been thinking about butterflies lately and needing some happy, so here we go…

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿฆ‹


butterfly doodles

I filled a page in my sketchbook with a variety of butterfly doodles.


watercolor butterflies

Then I moved on to watercolor and played for a while. I just love those blues and purples.


Butterflies and blooms watercolor and ink

A larger painting of blooms and butterflies came together. The watercolor painting was first and then later ink sketching was added on top. The painting was a guide and inspiration for the botanical sketch. I really enjoy the watercolor and ink combination.

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

Until next time, take care and be well.

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Coffee floral paintings

I’ve been having fun painting with coffee again and have a few new paintings to share.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

coffee floral painting

A quick session painting flowers and leaves in my sketchbook.

Mixing more water creates a light color and using less water creates a darker color.

For my coffee paint, I like using espresso powder for baking but you can use left over brewed coffee or instant coffee.


coffee floral painting

A smaller coffee piece painted in a similar style.

Bunny was keeping an eye on things as I took this photo.๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ˜‰

A little coffee talk to go along with this post…

I need to get going on opening a Society6 shop. I’ve wanted to do this for some time. I think my delay has been both a time and confidence issue. I would love to be able to order a few items with my artwork printed on them.

If you have any suggestions or lessons learned using that platform, I hope you will share.

Until next time, take care and be well my friends.

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Floating away with blue and green

Just like that and I’m back to painting leaves.

Floating and flowing blues and greens, calm and soothing. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’™


watercolor leaves under painting

I started painting using my favorite blues and greens. My plan was floating leaves and vines.

Funny thing happened though, as I was painting I realized that I had the direction of the leaves all wrong. I decided to continue on anyway and just go with it.

Hmm, what to do…

After it dried, I flipped my sketchbook around to see if that would help.

floating leaves watercolor ink sketch


It looked promising so I continued on. Using a #micronpen size 005, I added simple shapes and lines and then it all started to come together.

I’m glad I didn’t give up on this one.

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 ย ๐ŸŒธ

find me on Instagram @pattyanneart

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Blooming Doodle walk through

I have a little walk through of my blooming doodle to share today.

Hope your day is wonderful! ๐Ÿ’š

initial sketch for zentangle

Starting off with a basic drawing of floral shapes for this doodle.

I like having some overlapping pieces that make it more interesting.


floral zentangle ink sketch step 2

After I select a pattern, I try to use it in a few sections near each other.


floral zentangle ink sketch part 3

With some trial and error I have found that I like a variety of light and dark areas in my doodles.

I’m still playing and learning as I go…


floral zentangle ink sketch part 4

It slowly starts to take shape as more areas are filled in. In this piece I used few different pen sizes, 04, 02, and 005.



floral zentangle ink sketch 5

Sometimes the patterns end up a bit different than planned but that’s ok. There are no rules in doodling and that always feels good.

This type of art is fun and relaxing. I love having a piece in progress that I can pick up and work on in the evening.


floral zentangle ink sketch

Blooming Doodle –ย  7 x 10 inch Canson mixed media

The final piece makes me happy.ย ๐Ÿ˜Šย This type of post is always fun for me to put together. I hope you enjoyed it as well.

Thank you for stopping by and following along.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ย ๐ŸŒธ


I’m on Instagram @pattyanneart

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The sketching goes on…

It’s time for another little peek into my sketchbook. Hope you enjoy. ๐Ÿ˜€

All of the sketches I’m sharing today were done in ink with no pencil first. This way when a mistake happens I have to ride with it, there’s no going back, only forward.

Happy Thursday, friends!ย  ๐Ÿ’š

Poppies ink sketch

A quick sketch of poppies. Trying to keep the petals delicate by not overworking with too many lines.


bloom and shine ink sketch

In this sketch I was just playing with ideas and different shapes. I tried to keep it fun and didn’t worry about adding detail. I think allowing things to just flow onto the paper without overthinking is a good way to explore ideas and find your creative voice.

This sketch didn’t get much love on Instagramย and that’s ok. To me it’s playful and just makes me happy. After I was finished sketching this one, it lifted my mood the entire evening. I call that a big win. ๐Ÿ˜Š


floral ink sketch at the beginning

I started this sketch and got a little bored with it. I think I may go back to it and doodle the leaves or something, that might be fun. I can see that it will need some white gel pen highlights in the center of each flower. Hopefully I can save them.



garden flowers ink sketch

A bigger drawing this time trying to include more floral shapes and include flowers from different angles.

I have a great book by Peggy Dean that I highly recommend for learning how to draw flowers and leaves,ย ย Botanical Line Drawing. This book has 200 simple step by step examples of how to draw flowers, leaves, cacti, succulents, and many things found in nature. It is awesome!!ย ย ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒทย ๐Ÿ’—

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 ย Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

I’m on Instagram at pattyanneart

Patty Anne Art