9 x 12 inch Christmas branch on bee watercolor paper
Leaves are one of my favorite things to paint and sketch. I decided it would be fun to paint a cheerful branch. I now have my second Christmas card for this year. Yay! 🙂
I started with layers of light green leaves using a round #12 brush. I allowed each layer to dry and worked up to darker leaves in different shades of green. For the last layer of pine needles, I switched to a flat angle brush which helped me get some nice variation and added texture. As a last step I used a white gel pen for a hint of snow and a few highlights.
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A little ink sketching today. Having fun with flowers and vines.
Since I started doodling a while back, I stopped worrying about making mistakes while sketching and just going with it. I think that has really helped me loosen up and sketch freely. I also try to keep in mind that not every sketch is going to work out and that is part of learning and growing.
I surprised myself with these ink florals. I just love how they turned out. I catch myself looking at them and saying, wow I did that! 🙂
July Floral – 9 x 12 inch Canson Mix Media sketch book
For each of the flowers I started in the center and worked my way out. After dropping the flowers in place, I added the vines and leaves. I used a .03 Micron pen for the sketch and a .005 for the detail.
Another quick floral sketch just before adding detail.
I’ve been trying to add enough detail without going overboard. If I let myself go I will add too much and it will look a bit harsh.
Blooms and Vines – 9 x 12 inch Canson Mix Media sketchbook
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I’ve been sketching and painting leaves again. There is something about leaves that I find very calm and soothing. Hope you enjoy…
Happy Sunday! 🙂
A fun practice with different shades of green and blue, my favorite colors. I used my Princeton 1/4 inch Dagger brush for these paintings. I love that brush so much!
It was fun to play around with different shapes and just enjoy the painting process. ❤
Watercolor Tip: A clean tissue is always handy to have on hand for blotting. I use one when I put down too much color or too much water on the paper. Just remember to be gentle so that you don’t damage the surface of your paper.
Both watercolor paintings are on 6 x 9 inch individual sheets of Bee watercolor paper.
Continuing on with a few ink sketches…
I love the simplicity of this one. It just feels good.
When I am sketching or doodling, I try not to overthink what I am doing.
If I think about the pen in my hand and the movement of my hand, either the line I am making or going to make, things don’t work out very well for me. It sounds funny but I need a general plan and then I have to be deliberate with the pen and sketch without fear.
Ink on mixed media paper using black Micron pens
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A floral doodle and my inkspiration photo for you today.
This post is rather quiet. The doodle, well… not so much.
Happy Thursday! 🙂
While looking for something fun to sketch, this lovely red flower caught my eye. I snapped the photo below with my phone while visiting Leu Gardens this spring. A nice flower to sketch with some interesting shapes.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.
A few simple flowers and leaves with my favorite Dagger brush. ❤
For this practice, I limited the colors used and tried to limit the number of brush strokes on each flower. At first I was a little disappointed that I could not master the rose shape but what I realized after playing around a while is that I actually like the irregular shapes best.
I started at the base of the flower putting pressure on the brush and pulling up toward the top, then the same thing on the other side to complete the bud shape.
While the bud was still wet, I tried to cradle it with green leaves. Starting at the base with smaller strokes, I pulled upward to create little leaves on both sides.
The last step was simply painting the stem by starting at the base of the bud/leaves and pulling down to create a fine line.
I loosened up after a while and then tried some other playful shapes. I really like how they turned out.
For this practice piece, I added a blue sky and played a little more.
Nothing complicated, just a few joyful flowers. 🙂
I think it is important to allow yourself time to play…it helps keep things interesting and fun.
For this final painting, I kept things soft and loose. I really love this painting and plan on giving it to a very special couple.
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week!