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!
October has arrived and so #Inktober2020 has begun. I will be trying to increase my sketching this month. Hopefully I will be able to sketch at least 30 minutes a day. I have a very busy month ahead but think this is a reasonable goal to set.
Happy Sunday, friends! 🧡
A quick little underwater sketch with day 1 prompt, “fish”. It was fun to play with different patterns on the fish and have some of them only in partial view. I found myself counting and trying to find all of them later. I’m going to have to sketch a few more of these and maybe add some bright color… Just love how one idea leads to another.
and this sketch of flowers, no detail and no real plan. Just Pen to paper and letting things happen and not overthinking anything.
Ink leaves – pattern and color play sketch. I used both Sepia and Rust colored Micron pens for this one. (Sepia .01, .005, and Rust .05)
I will continue to play in my sketchbook this month and hope to have more to share sometime later. It’s a busy month ahead with my son getting married soon.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Art is for everyone, hope you join in on the #Inktober sketching fun.
Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
🌸🌼 Patty Anne 🌼 🌸
I’m on Instagram at @pattyanneart, follow along to see more of my work and whether I can ever pass the 450 followers mark 😁 (not sure it’s possible since it hasn’t really changed in the last year). It used to bother me but now I find it rather amusing.
I have been making more cards with my watercolor cutouts. It’s a joyful process for me and I hope my creations bring you a smile.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
I always start with a few of my painted flowers and leaves. They work quite well for card making.
I add a little ink detail and outline each piece to create a nice shape. It’s amazing the difference a little ink can make.
Tip: When I cut out the watercolor pieces I leave a tiny paper border around the ink outlined shape.
Blank cards with envelopes are easy to find online or in the craft store.
I like the simplicity of a just few pieces on each card.
It’s fun to play around with the arrangement using different pieces until I find something I like. Then using a glue stick, I secure the pieces down and place a heavy book on top to add a little pressure.
Tip: Baby wipes are by my side for my hands…. I don’t do sticky very well. 😊
What I love about making and sharing cards using my art is that they are part of me.
A gift from the heart shared with family and friends is a special thing. 💗
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Always remember that art is for everyone.
Until next time, have a creative week and shine on!
I have a joyful piece to share with you today. Another watercolor floral with ink sketching… my favorite way to create.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💜
In my 9 x 12 inch sketchbook, I started by painting flowers and leaves. My favorite blues and purples this time. I let the colors mix and mingle on the paper which is what I love about watercolor.
The overall piece needs balance and more interest but at this point that’s ok. The ink sketching to come will fill in space and wake things up.
9 x 12 inch – Sweet Season
There is always a little fear when adding the sketching layer. I just tell myself that this piece is incomplete as is and round two (sketching detail) will take things to the next level.
What you don’t see is that I keep playing and sketching different types of leaves and flower patterns in my other sketchbooks. That type of play helps build my confidence and my sketching “muscle memory”. Then when I need it, I can pull out my favorites to add to a bigger piece like this one.
When it feels right and I have a window of free time, I pull out the painting, grab my pens and start adding some playful ink sketching and doodles.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Art is for everyone, hope you join in on the fun.
Today I have some colorful leaves to share with you. This piece hit a little bump in the road during the first layer of painting. As the title suggests, ink sketching makes it all better… well, this time it did. 😊
Happy Thursday, friends! 🧡
I mixed different shades of red, orange, and pink. The painting was all pretty basic with some leaf shapes and stems.
The last touch was to add something in the upper right corner to balance things out.
As I painted away I realized… uh oh, I just painted the leaves in the wrong direction. My plan was to paint a few more leaves in the right direction with a little darker color to see if that would fix it.
More paint wasn’t the solution I decided. I planned on adding ink sketching anyway and just hoped for the best. Now I had to wait for the painting to dry.
To keep things more interesting I used different shapes and sizes for the leaves. I let the watercolor act as a guide and let the sketching bring things into focus.
My previous painting issue was saved by the ink sketching. I outlined a stem with leaves in the right direction and the other leaves just became part of the background.
I was able to make a save here and just go with it. There are always choices to make with every painting. My best advice is to just keep practicing and having fun.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.
I just love to paint birds and flowers and was in the mood for something sweet. It started with a watercolor under painting.
Sorry about the quality of the photo, not great but it works.
I used a #6 round brush and started with the leaves. For the bird I built up the color with about 3 washes darkening each time. The flowers were last as I tried to balance things out.
At this point I was pretty happy with the painting but wanted more. So out came the pens… I was thoughtful about wanting to keep the softness of the piece which meant I needed to be careful with the amount of ink used.
I darkened the bird’s eye and added some light marks on the body and legs. Just a few small touches for the little guy and no outlining.
I tried to use some soft playful outlines on the flowers while using my regular bold outline on the leaves.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for following me on this journey.
Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere!