Watercolor floral banner

I have some watercolor florals to share with you today.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ˜Š

floral banner watercolor under painting

I decided to paint a floral banner and started out with a loose under painting.

Soft colors and simple leaf shapes make me very happy.


floral banner - watercolor and ink sketch

A little ink sketching was added next. I love that the ink brightens up the petals and leaves. It brings everything into focus.

There are so many options with ink sketching. I like to simply outline some ofย  the shapes that I see and also build up the piece by sketching new elements.


purple patty flowers - watercolor and ink sketch

Next up, I painted a “Patty” flower in the upper corner of my sketchbook.ย I call it a “Patty” flower because it’s one of my go to flowers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love the simple lines and this pretty purple color. ๐Ÿ’œ

Pretty purple watercolor mix:

ย  ย  ย  ย  Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose + Ultramarine Blue


purple patty flowers watercolor and ink sketch

A few pretty flowers bursting from the lower left corner of my sketchbook.

It is always fun to play and work on new ideas. I hope your are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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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

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Watercolor birdies in different styles

A few cute little birdies in different watercolor styles for you today. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m always inspired by the birds at my backyard feeder. I hope these little paintings leave you smiling.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’™

little robin watercolor

A little line and wash birdie.ย  I like the cute little shape of this guy and the loose background and branch.


little birdie watercolor

A different style with much less detail. I like the simplicity and nice water marks in this one.


direct watercolor birdie first wash

This style started with colorful under painting with direct watercolor, no lines or ink to start.

Allowing myself to just play here. I started thinking that this might be a flop… but then remembered that this is practice and that is how we grow and learn.


watercolor and ink birdie

Continuing on I thought that doodle sketching on top would be fun.

I added lots of leaves and some needed detail to my bird with a Micron pen.

I wasn’t thrilled with the color of my bird when I was finished. A little splash of additional color was a good choice. Much better now.

Three different styles, which do you like best?

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

Until next time, share a smile and have a great week!

๐ŸŒธย Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

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How to create easy doodle hearts

I worked on some easy doodle hearts this month. Iย hope you enjoy seeing how it all came together. ๐Ÿ’—

Happy Sunday, friends!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

Supplies used
Canson 7x 10 inch mix media sketchbook
Kneaded eraser
Micron Pens (various size tips)
Small wooden hearts for tracing

Steps to create

1.ย  Trace heart shapes on your page in a design that you like.

I used small wooden hearts from the craft store for tracing and I overlapped many of the shapes.

hearts sketch - pencil outline

2.ย  Add random lines to create small sections in each of the hearts.

It’s best if your pencil marks are light so that erasing later will be easy. My dark lines here were difficult to clean up. I don’t think I will make that mistake again…ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰


hearts ink doodle sketch in progress

3.ย  In each section, drop in a doodle pattern using a pen.ย There are no rules and no mistakes. You decide what goes where and what size pen you will use.

I have a few books full of zentangle ideas and inspiration. I enjoy selecting which patterns to use and where to place them in my piece. There are lots of resources online where you can find inspiration as well.


hearts ink doodle sketch in progress

4. Continue to fill in more sections. Take your time and enjoy the process.

I usually sit on my bed with a big clip board on my lap to rest my sketch book on while I work. I find it very relaxing to have the television on in the background while I doodle.


hearts ink doodle sketch in progress

For something this large, I will spend a number of evenings working on different sections. I usually limit my time to an hour or so. It is really fun to see it come to life.

I love that doodle sketching is something I can easily pick up and put down. I can work at whatever pace I choose.

hearts ink doodle sketch

5. Final clean up once all sections are filled in

–ย  gently clean up any pencil marks with an eraser
–ย  fill in small lines or areas that need a little more ink
– add a little shading in a few places using a pencil

I love how each piece is so unique and personal. I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. It is always good to find some time to play.

Until next time, share a smile and doodle on! ๐Ÿ˜€

Patty Anneย ๐Ÿ’™

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Quiet Thursday – sketching

A quiet post for you today with a few pieces from my sketchbook.

Happy Thursday! ๐Ÿ˜Š

waterlily pencil sketch

Waterlily sketch – using a technical pencil


queen anne's lace ink sketch

Queen Anne’s Lace ink sketch – using Micron pens


cardinal ink sketch

Cardinal ink sketch – using Micron pens

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 ๐Ÿ’™

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Watercolor and ink florals

I recently took a watercolor and ink class on SkillShare by Yasmina Creates. The botanical doodling class was so much fun, I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

Happy Sunday, friends!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

I started with a loose watercolor underpainting. I painted many different flower and leaf shapes making sure to leave a lot of white space.

watercolor flowers underpainting

Materials used:

Canson watercolor paper 140# (a smooth paper surface)
Daniel Smith watercolors
Micron pens, various sizes

When my painting dried, I doodled flowers and leaves all over it with my micron pens.

watercolor and ink flowers

I like this method of doodling on top of watercolor, it’s so simple and fun!

I feel free to let loose and play.

When it’s the other way around, doodle first then add watercolor, I think I tighten up. I have a harder time painting outside the lines. It feels better when I draw outside the paint.ย ๐Ÿ˜ย Maybe with more time and experience that will change.


floral ink and watercolor painting

I really like how this one turned out. The roses make me so happy. ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’—

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and 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 shine on!

Patty Anne ๐Ÿ’™

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Thursday – Doodle Swirls

A little doodle that I’ve been working on for a few weeks.

Happy Thursday, friends!

ink sketch - doodl swirls

Sometimes its hard to know when to stop.

I wanted to leave enough white space in the swirls and not over do it.

It feels right now, I finally put down the pen.ย  ๐Ÿ˜„

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

Patty Anne ๐Ÿ’™

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