I’ve been watching more tutorials and trying different techniques. I just love how this painting turned out. I may have done a happy dance when I finished. 😉
Hope your day is wonderful! 💙
California Dreaming – 12 x 16 inch Saunders watercolor
I used a 1 inch flat brush, a credit card slice/wedge, and a mini spray bottle.
The spray bottle was used a few times when my paper started to dry too quickly.
The credit card slice was used to gently scrape off some of the paint on the mountains when the paint was slightly damp. The scraping technique works best when the paint is damp and not too wet. I also dipped the edge of the credit card in paint to add some nice straight lines here and there.
I usually paint the sky first but this time it was painted last. After finishing with the mountains and water in the foreground, I wet the sky area and dropped in lots of paint on the right side. Tilting the paper then helped the paint move about in the sky. A damp brush also helped encourage the paint in the sky to fall downward a bit.
I think the key to keeping a painting fresh is to be brave, have fun, and don’t fuss with it.
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.
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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.
I’ve been working on a chickadee painting the last few weeks. I thought it would be fun to show you how it came together.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
I sketched out the birds and branch first.
Then I started by painting the chickadee family.
For the darkest color I mixed up Daniel Smith Paynes Gray + Ultramarine Blue + Burnt Sienna Light (going heavy on the Paynes Gray). It took a few washes of paint to build up the dark areas on the head and neck. It’s really important to get that detail right.
Next up was the background. I thought about it for a while and decided to go with some loose flowers and leaves. It was a nice base but needed much more color.
Trying to be fearless, I jumped back in with more paint to boost the background color. I just love how that wakes thing up.
I will finish with a close up view of these cute little guys. I just love how they turned out.
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 stay excellent!