Leaves in watercolor and ink

I decided to paint more leaves and ended up creating a nice little pattern.

Happy Thursday, friends!ย  ๐Ÿ’š


leaves - watercolor and ink pattern

To start, I painted my leaves in watercolor and let them dry. I don’t have a good photo of them to share though. It’s been rather gray outside and photographing artwork has been a little difficult lately. ๐Ÿ˜Š

A few days later, I outlined my watercolor leaves in ink. There were many places that had room for more leaves so I sketched a few more on each branch with my pen. I think it added a little movement and fun.

Adding ink detail to a painting can be a little scary.ย  I’ve been there and still need to remind myself of these things:

  • I can always start over and repaint if I need to
  • You learn something with every painting
  • Fear holds you back and causes a shaky hand (and shaky lines)
  • If you decide to add ink, do it with confidence and deliberate strokes
  • Don’t worry about the results, they get better over time

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  ย Patty Anneย  ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Painting a Fall Wreath

I have a fall wreath to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, Friends!ย ๐Ÿงก


watercolor fall wreath

I started out by lightly outlining a bowl on my paper with a pencil.

Then I painted some watercolor leaves around the circle using a large round brush.
First round – pale yellow leaves
Second round — pale orange leaves
Third round – darker leaves, reddish orange and reddish brown

I let each round of leaves dry before painting the next. Then the final touch was cleaning up the stems and softening up a few rough edges with a damp brush.ย  I like how this simple wreath turned out.ย ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

I will be taking a little break but will be back soon.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Inktober sketching this week

A quick post today with a few more #Inktober sketches to share.

Hope you are having a wonderful day, friends! ๐Ÿ’š


little mushroom ink sketch

A sweet little mushroom sketch.ย  I can imagine a little tea party happening here. โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿญ


Tufted titmouse ink sketch

I always love sketching birds. For this little cutie,ย  I tried to limit the lines and make them more deliberate. On the piece of wood, though, I used more lines. I like that contrast in this sketch.


christmas ornament ink sketch

A little ornament sketch. I really like how clean and simple this is. Something about it just makes me smile. I think I will use it for one of my Christmas cards this year. ๐ŸŽ„

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  Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

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More Sketching for Inktober

I have more #inktober sketching to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends!ย ๐Ÿ’š


ink sketch leaf patterns

A simple pattern of leaves. I went back to an old favorite for this sketch.


little squirrel ink sketch

I’ve been wanting to sketch some animals this month and decided to try a squirrel. This fella ended up with a larger body than planned but I think he’s pretty cute.



rainy day ink sketch

A little rainy day sketch, something a bit different for me. The umbrella needs more work but all in all I can feel the rain.ย ย โ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Watercolor floral cut outs

I have some watercolor flowers and leaves to share with you today. These floral cut outs are always so much fun to make.

Happy Thursday, friends!ย ๐Ÿ’š


watercolor flowers and leaves

It started with a simple watercolor painting,ย  some big shapes and favorite colors.

For my cut outs I like to use Canson Mix Media paper (98 lb.)ย  The smooth white paper is perfect for ink sketching and cutting with scissors.

A little detail is added with ink andย  then some outlining of each shape.


watercolor flowers and leaves cut out

I leave a little white paper around my cut out shapes. I’m not sure what I am going to do with these beauties. Maybe I’ll make a card or I could paint a few more and frame a bouquet of them. I’ll have to think about it but that might make a nice gift.

These cut outs remind me of paper dolls that I used to love playing with as child.ย ย ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.ย  Keep playing and having fun.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Practice and Inspiration

Some lovely greens to share with you today. I enjoy painting leaves and had fun with some simple watercolor practice. I’m always so inspired by the beauty we find in nature. Hope you enjoy.

Happy Thursday, friends!ย ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฟ

watercolor leaves practice

Some playing around with different shapes and line thickness.

Painting with a lot of wet paint on the brush and then with less.

I tried some outlining with paint and kind of like that look.

Simple and fun, just trying out different styles and things that I might like to incorporate into a future painting.


watercolor leaves practice

More play here, using a few of the elements practiced above. I pushed it a little further creating a little pattern inside the leaves.

One of the best things I found was how relaxed I was while playing. I need to do more of that. ๐Ÿ™‚


green gold magic photo

A little green gold magic for inspiration.

A favorite pic taken a few years ago while on vacation. I am so in love with the bold color and shape of these leaves.


green garden inspiration photo

Another photo taken while on vacation. The shape, pattern, and color just pulls me in.ย 


lily of the valley beauty photo

This last photo is from my garden last spring.

The flowing green leaves and delicate lily of the valley flowers are always so beautiful. Although blue is my favorite color, I believe green is a close second. ๐Ÿ’š

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ


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Purple bouquet watercolor and ink

I have a watercolor and ink floral to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ


rose bouquet watercolor under painting

Roses are purple – 11 x 15 Canson watercolor paper

A few weeks ago I painted this watercolor bouquet.

I used my favorite large round #14 and small liner brush on this piece. Some pretty purple and blue flowers I thought would be nice in this painting.

Sometimes I am ready to start right away with ink sketching but that wasn’t the case this time. I waited until I had some quiet time and a basic plan for the sketch.purple roses bouquet watercolor and ink painting

I used a few different waterproof pens with different size tips (05, 01, 005) for this sketch. It’s nice to vary the line weight. Sometimes a thicker line is needed and other times a delicate thin line is ideal. I keep my pens by my side and switch them up as I go.

For this type of sketching, I like to outline some things and ignore others. I think that keeps it more lively and often the things I ignore stay active in the background.


watercolor painting setup

This is view of my watercolor setup. It’s a little messy but I wanted to show you my arrangement. I use a mix of Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith watercolors.

The mixing area is easily cleaned with a wet issue. It looks like I need to take care of that before my next painting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will be taking a little blogging break but will be back in a week or so.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ  Patty Anne  ๐ŸŒธ

find me on Instagram @pattyanneart

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