A number of months ago I bought a few Princeton Dagger brushes. This week I decided to practice with the small 1/4 inch brush. I found it to be a great choice for painting leaves, twigs, and branches. I need to practice with this brush a bit more but it was fun to switch things up and try something new.
Dagger brush notes:
The brush holds a lot of paint, be sure to have a nice puddle of color to work with.
The super fine tip is perfect for detail work and fine lines.
Dipping the brush in 2 different colors and then pulling the brush across the paper creates some very fun results.
I played around and painted a series of leaves. My favorite ones are below. I like the simplicity and soft colors, all very calming.
Daniel Smith watercolors: Undersea Green, Carbazole Violet, and French Ultramarine
Each painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.
I painted some pretty pink flowers with the small dagger brush. It created some nice loose shapes for the leaves and petals. I also used a few of my favorite go-to round brushes in this painting as well.
Pink Posies watercolor painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.
Try something new…
Mix it up with a new paintbrush or a new sketchbook. Maybe even paint something you’ve never painted before. Playing around and having fun can often produce some very exciting results.
I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun. Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and stay warm.
This week I worked on sketching and painting a raccoon which was a lot of fun. I also worked on a few sketches for #Inktober.
I practiced sketching this cute little raccoon face a few times in pencil before starting my painting.
My Raccoon was painted on Arches 9 x 12 inch cold pressed watercolor paper. I limited by color palette to Daniel Smith watercolors: French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna Light, Payne’s Gray, and Carbazole Violet. I tried to keep things loose and just have fun. I used round brushes size 10, 6, and 2. I wasn’t sure how this would turn out but I am happy that I tried. I’ve been looking at this little guy all week sitting on my desk, and although he is in watercolor, it kind of looks like I used ink. 🙂
Below are a few of my Inktober sketches this week:
Just a little ink and lots of bold watercolor on these leaves. Another simple composition that I really seem to like lately.
Another pinecone in ink and watercolor this week. For the pinecone, I used a larger Micron pen size 1 for the darkest areas and a smaller .03 pen for the remainder. My platinum desk pen with fine nib was used for the drawing the branch and pine needles. This pinecone has more depth than the pinecones I shared with you last week. I am much happier with this one.
“You win or learn, there is no losing”. I heard that quote this week and just love it!! Keep trying, keep painting, and keep on having fun. Do what you love and you never lose.
It is helpful when sketching and painting to occasionally turn your work upside down and look at it. There have been times that doing that has helped me easily see just what needs a little adjustment.
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I decided to practice painting some simple leaves. I pulled out my round #14, 10, 6, and small flat angle watercolor brushes to give it a try. I watched a few people online paint beautiful leaves with just a few simple brushstrokes and that inspired me to practice and see what I could do.
Brushstroke notes: Load the brush with paint, then with the tip down on the paper, press down and slightly rotate while continuing to pull the brush and then slowly lift the brush up and off the paper.
The small flat angle brush delivered some beautiful shapes and I was happy with the outcome.
My round #10 brush (a favorite of mine), did not work as well for this, and neither did my trusty old round #6. Those two are usually my go to watercolor brushes.
I was very pleased and a bit surprised to find that my round #14 brush worked very well. I was able to paint some large simple leaves with #14. I will have to keep that in mind for future paintings.
Below is a quick painting of pink roses using the flat angle brush to paint the leaves. I will need to work more on my leaf painting technique, but this was a good exercise.
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