Painting watercolor leaves

I love to paint leaves. There is something so relaxing and enjoyable about painting simple leaves.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

watercolor leaves

This painting was done using a large flat brush and a cut up credit card. A little experimentation and fun!

I wet the paper with clean water making leaf shapes using the large flat brush. Then I dipped my plastic card into the watercolor paint and moved the card across the paper to create some nice leaf shapes.

My watercolors used are from Daniel Smith:
Undersea Green
Prussian Blue

watercolor leaves

A little close up view here. I love how the colors move across the paper when it hits the water. The swirls and blending on the paper is kind of magical. 🙂

It seems when I just paint and play without worry, nice things happen.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Sunday sketchbook

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

Happy Sunday! 💚

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. 😊

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.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Blue Roses watercolor

I’ve been having fun playing with color.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! 💙

Blue Roses watercolor
Blue Roses – 9 x 12 inch watercolor

It’s always fun to experiment and play. No rules, just have fun!

Here I used my favorite Prussian Blue and Undersea Green. I stacked the Roses and added just a few small leaves to balance things out.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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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. 😊

Hope your day is wonderful! 💚

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!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Tulips on Parade

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

Bluebird and Tulips watercolor

Bluebird and Tulips – 9 x 12 inch watercolor

I recently painted a vase full of pretty tulips and a sweet little bluebird. I always love painting flowers and birds. 😊

single red tulip watercolor

Red Tulip – 7 x 10 inch watercolor

I also painted a single red tulip in my sketchbook. This simple tulip makes me happy. I can feel the movement of the leaves and love that bold red color.

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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Sweet Little birds

Today I’m going to show you how my little bird painting came together.

It started with some cute templates that I made. When I’m painting birds I like to block out the bird shapes first.

bird shape templates

I like being able to physically move the templates around and place the birds in different positions to find the best placement before I make any pencil marks on the page.

watercolor bird painting initial layers

For this painting I decided to overlap two birds on the left facing the bird on the right. These little guys are sharing a special moment… 😉

The watercolor technique used here was wet on wet. Which is simply wetting the paper first with clean water and then dropping in wet paint. The magic happens when the paint mixes and mingles on the paper.

I worked my way across the paper starting with the bird on the left working on one bird shape at a time using the wet on wet technique. Each bird will be similar but not exactly the same and hopefully this would keep me from dragging my wrist through wet paint.

sweet little birds - stage 2

The next step was adding a little ink detail with a small waterproof pen. At this point I noticed that I needed a few more darks on the wings and so I added a little more paint there to finish the birds.

sweet birds on a branch watercolor

The last step was adding a background and a few details to the branches. Since the birds are the focal point, I tried to keep the branches rather soft without too much detail.

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 sprinkle kindness everywhere.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Looking forward to Spring

I’ve been thinking about Spring and decided to paint some tulips.

Hope your day is wonderful. 💚

lavender tulips watercolor

Lavender Tulips – soft and loose

I had some fun with the leaves on this one.

watercolor tulips

Magenta tulips – inspired by the beauties in my yard. I can’t wait to seem them again this Spring.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Watercolor with wax resist technique

I decided to try out the wax resist technique and have some interesting results to share with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! 🌼

Watercolor examples using candle wax

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. 😁

sunflower watercolor with wax resist

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!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Joyful flowers

I have a joyful sketch to share with you today. This simple piece makes me happy. I hope it brings you a smile as well.

Happy Sunday friends! 💙

joyful flowers with brushpens

I started out with some playful flower shapes using my two of my Tombow watercolor brush pens. Nothing difficult, just having fun. Oh, I love those colors!

Joyful flowers - brushpens and ink

9 x 12 inch – Love is Love

Then I used a pen to outline my flower petals and add a few simple touches. The ink pulls it all together and brightens up this playful piece.

Once again I am reminded that less is more 😊

I think this would make a lovely card. I’ll have to give that a go.

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!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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