Butterflies and Blooms

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

Happy Sunday, friends! 🦋


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.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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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! 😊

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.🐰😉

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.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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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. 😊

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! 🌿💙


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!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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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! 💚

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 –  7 x 10 inch Canson mixed media

The final piece makes me happy. 😊 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!

🌸  Patty Anne   🌸


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. 😀

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!  💚

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 Instagram 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. 😊


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,  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!!  🌿🌷 💗

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

I’m on Instagram at pattyanneart

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In the Pink watercolor and ink

I have a fun little watercolor and ink to share today.

Happy Thursday, friends! 🌸

watercolor floral underpainting

A quick watercolor under painting with simple loose shapes.

I love the little hint of blue and the various leaves and stems layered throughout.


floral pink watercolor and ink painting

In the Pink – 7 x 10 inch Canson Mixed Media

Using a micron pen, I added some happy floral sketching on top.

I love how a little bit of ink can take the painting to another level. Sometimes adding the ink works out well and sometimes it doesn’t. I just try to remember that if it flops, I can always paint something else and try again.

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Leaves in a few different styles

I have been having fun sketching and painting leaves and vines lately.  Today I have a few different styles to share with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! 🌿💚

This first piece I created using Tombow watercolor markers.

fruit stripe vines with markers and ink

I started sketching the the vines adding more and more neon colors. Then I outlined them with a black pen.

These leaves remind me of Fruit Stripe gum from back in the day. I loved that gum!


watercolor and ink vines

9 x 12 Bee mixed media sketchbook

For this piece, I painted with watercolor first and then added ink detail on top. I like to keep the painting loose and not worry about perfection with shape. Then the last step of outlining with ink cleans things up a bit.


Soft leaves and vines in watercolor

6 x 9 inch Bee watercolor paper

Using a large round brush I painted simple vines using different shades of yellow, green and blue. I love the color palette and simplicity here. This is probably my favorite of the four pieces.


Large watercolor leaves with Flat brush

7 x 10 inch Arches watercolor paper

Using a large 1 inch flat brush, I played with large leaf shapes. The Arches cold press paper has a nice texture and creates some interesting patterns.

Each piece has a different style and feeling. It’s fun to take the same subject and create something totally different by switching up supplies and technique.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for following me on this creative journey.  Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸  Patty Anne 🌸

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