Calming leaves in my sketchbook

Today I have a few pages in my little watercolor sketchbook to share with you.

I’ve been painting leaves using a plastic card and brush. I just can’t seem to get enough of this. πŸ’™

I like simplifying my color choices. Here I used just three colors.

I push paint around with the plastic card and use the watercolor brush to wet the paper and smooth out any areas that need it. A damp brush helps encourage the paint to move around a bit.

I am so in love with these colors. I decided to let the paint to bleed out a little on opposite corners. It needed a little something extra and that worked well.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Many thanks for all of the kind words and condolences on my last post. It was very much appreciated.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Saving space for the focal point

My painting started out as simple vines and buds.

floral watercolor painting beginning

I left space for more flowers to be added later. I should have taken more photos but I’m glad I have this one to share.

Flowing floral watercolor painting

I strengthened the buds with darker color and loose shapes. I love how the pretty purple flowers and leaves at the bottom guide your eye up into the painting.

There was enough space for a large flower at the top. It worked out well and became the focal point that this painting needed. The center of the flower turned out really nice. The little bit of dark color that bled into the petals from the center really makes my heart sing. The best part was that I didn’t overwork it. Yay!

It’s important to remember that showing up and having fun really makes a difference. Some paintings will work out better than others. While I may showcase some of my favorite paintings here, I have many that aren’t successful. I do my best to keep in mind that each painting is a step forward and an opportunity to learn and grow.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Layering watercolor leaves

I painted some pretty leaves and have some in progress photos to share with you. The lighting is not great but it will give you an idea of how this painting came together.

Hope you have a wonderful day! πŸ’š

Lovely loose watercolor leaves - step 1

9 x 12 inch Fluid watercolor paper

The first layer starts off with pale blue leaves that will become the background.

Lovely loose watercolor leaves - step 2

Then I added some pale green leaves after the first layer dried.

Lovely loose watercolor leaves - step 3

As I continue adding more leaves, I am building up with darker color. Using a large round brush (#12) and big carefree strokes I’m able to stay loose as I paint.

Lovely loose watercolor leaves

I continued using soft colors adding more blue and brown in the last few branches. I think it looks really nice with my gray couch in the photo above. I painted this late last year and am finally getting around to writing this post. 😊 Where does the time go?

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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Making watercolor gift tags

I have a fun watercolor project to share with you today, watercolor gift tags! Handmade gift tags make the perfect addition to any gift.

Hope you are having a wonderful day! πŸ’š

It all starts with a simple design and very small painting. Below I have a few examples.

painting watercolor gift tags

I divide up the watercolor paper using a pencil and ruler. Then paint some simple designs making sure to leave room at the top and bottom for some lettering.

painting watercolor gift tags

After the mini paintings dried, I added a little ink detail to each of them using a gold and white pen. I thought the tags with leaves would look better if the leaves were outlined so I used a pen with a very small tip and gave that a try.

prepping watercolor gift tag for lettering

Adding lettering is always difficult for me. I decided to use some tape as a guide to help me keep the lettering straight. With a pencil I lightly added the message and then used my gold pen to trace over it. Later I gently erased any pencil marks left behind.

handmade watercolor gift tags

I used a hole punch and added some rustic string to finish them off. A pretty ribbon would look nice too. On a couple of them I got a little fancy and changed the shape of the tag at the top with a little snip of the scissors. I really like how they turned out.

There’s so much you can do with these little tags. I hope you have fun and get creative. I can’t want to use my tags on gifts for loved ones.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. If you make some gift tags, please share with me on Instagram, @pattyanneart. I would love to see your designs.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Fall inspired watercolor painting

I have a quick post today with a fall inspired watercolor.

Hope your day is wonderful. 🧑

Fall inspired watercolor leaves

9 x 12 inch – Fall time

I love this time of year and painting leaves just makes me happy.

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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Going back to the sea

I painted the base for an undersea sketch last month. I finally got around to adding more life to it with some ink sketching. Hope you enjoy seeing my progress.

undersea watercolor painting

Sometimes I need to leave a painting on my desk for a while and return to it later when the time is right.

undersea closeup view

This is a close up view as I started my sketch. I usually work on the ink detail over a few evenings. That way I’m not rushed and can enjoy the process. It also gives me an opportunity to step back and make decisions about where go next.

undersea painting in progress ink detail

At this point, it was starting to feel more complete but not quite there yet.

undersea watercolor and ink painting

Undersea – watercolor and ink sketch on 7 x 10 inch mixed media paper

After adding more leaves and other details below, I decided to call it finished. I wish I had used my larger mixed media sketchbook. Hopefully I’ll remember that next time. 😊

I’m getting excited about #Inktober2021 just around the corner. I purchased a new sketchbook and will be participating when I can. Hope you will be joining in too.

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

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Painting watercolor leaves

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

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’š

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. πŸ™‚

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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Closing out Inktober fun

I have a few more sketches to share as we close out #Inktober2020.

Hope you have a wonderful day friends! πŸ’š

Simple leaves with fun patterns

Inspired by all of the falling leaves, I worked on some simple leaf shapes filled with fun #doodle patterns.

Inked vase sketch

A pretty vase with some happy flowers. 🌸

Ink Doodle sketching patterns

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.

Sweet girls ink sketch

Oh these girls just make me smile. I love to play in my sketchbook with these sweet characters.

Floral sketch on dark paper

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.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Chickadee family watercolor

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! πŸ’š

watercolor bird sketch
watercolor bird sketch

I sketched out the birds and branch first.

adding color to the the chickadees

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.

adding watercolor background

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.

family time - chickadee watercolor

Trying to be fearless, I jumped back in with more paint to boost the background color. I just love how that wakes thing up.

close up of the little ones

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!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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