Inktober 2021 Sketching

Let’s take a stroll through my sketchbook today and I’ll show you a few of my recent #Inktober sketches.

Happy Thursday, friends! πŸ’š

Inktober 2021 - Sunflower sketch

Sunflower

There are sketching prompts for each day of the month. Many people like to use the daily prompts but I like to sketch whatever inspires me at the moment.

Inktober 2021 - Floral play sketch

Floral pattern play

This was the first page in my new sketchbook. I didn’t know what to sketch so I decided to just play and see what happened. I love this type of sketching because it often helps me develop ideas that I can use in future sketches or paintings.

Inktober 2021 - city street

Playful cityscape

I worked on a quirky cityscape in my small sketchbook. Something very different for me but kind of fun.

Inktober 2021 - Flower sketch

Happy Flower

One more flower to finish off our tour.

I hope you grab a pen and some paper and join in on the sketching fun. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent.

🌸 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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Sunday sketchbook

I thought it would be fun to take you on a walk through my sketchbook today.

Happy Sunday! πŸ’š

My sketchbook is filled with a lot of quick sketches. As you will see, I don’t spend much time on detail or shading. Below are a few of my recent favorites.

garden sketch with butterfly

I like to play with shapes and work on different ideas.

My sketchbook is all about playing and having fun.

simple sketchbook flowers

I do most of my sketching with a pen and that means no erasing. 😊

I think sketching that way builds muscle memory and confidence.

floral bouquet sketch

Sometimes a little floral sketch will inspire a painting.

undersea ink sketching

I like to use a variety of micron pens in different sizes and colors. A colorful sketch like this one makes me smile. It’s fun to play with color and try out different combinations.

sketchbook undersea play

I love to doodle and sketch underwater life. My hope is that these little sketches will lead to more ideas and bigger projects.

I hope you enjoyed this quick stroll through my sketchbook. Until next time, keep playing and having fun.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Undersea painting – watercolor and ink

I thought it would be fun to work on an underwater scene. I’m fascinated with sea life and really love visiting Aquariums.

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’™

undersea watercolor beginnings

I painted some circles and fun shapes first. Then once it was dry, I started sketching on top.

Sketchbook playtime

In my sketchbook I practiced a bit and played with different pens and colors. It doesn’t look like much but it really helps build confidence before adding all of the ink detail on the final piece.

undersea watercolor and ink up close view

This is a close up of the finished piece. I really like this color palette of blue, green, and gold. I layered different shapes and used a variety of pens and markers from my stash.

It’s so much fun to just let go and see what happens.

Undersea watercolor and ink

7 x 10 inch mixed media- Ocean

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Sweet Little birds

Today I’m going to show you how my little bird painting came together.

It started with some cute templates that I made. When I’m painting birds I like to block out the bird shapes first.

bird shape templates

I like being able to physically move the templates around and place the birds in different positions to find the best placement before I make any pencil marks on the page.

watercolor bird painting initial layers

For this painting I decided to overlap two birds on the left facing the bird on the right. These little guys are sharing a special moment… πŸ˜‰

The watercolor technique used here was wet on wet. Which is simply wetting the paper first with clean water and then dropping in wet paint. The magic happens when the paint mixes and mingles on the paper.

I worked my way across the paper starting with the bird on the left working on one bird shape at a time using the wet on wet technique. Each bird will be similar but not exactly the same and hopefully this would keep me from dragging my wrist through wet paint.

sweet little birds - stage 2

The next step was adding a little ink detail with a small waterproof pen. At this point I noticed that I needed a few more darks on the wings and so I added a little more paint there to finish the birds.

sweet birds on a branch watercolor

The last step was adding a background and a few details to the branches. Since the birds are the focal point, I tried to keep the branches rather soft without too much detail.

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 sprinkle kindness everywhere.

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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In my sketchbook today

I have another round of sketching to share with you today. Can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.

Hope you have a wonderful day friends! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™

Pretty Posies ink sketch

I’m sure it’s no surprise to find there are flowers in my sketchbook. πŸ˜‰

Pretty posies this time. I used purple and blue micron pens to create a playful pattern.

I like to pull out my sketchbook in the evening. Sometimes I start with plan and other times I just start with a doodle and go from there. This time a few pretty posies happened and I just continued on.

Doodles and flowers sketch

A lively botanical sketch. I just love how this one turned out.

My process is to start with one flower and then I just keep filling in with more flowers, leaves, and buds. I try to balance out the piece as I go. I stay away from too many details because I like this simple floral style.

In my sketchbook I don’t worry about making mistakes. It’s a place to try out different shapes and combinations. I can just let go with my pen and my imagination. Over time with lots of practice I’ve built up muscle memory and sketching confidence.

Dahlia Punch ink sketch

Another quick evening floral. I like adding a few patterns here and there for more fun.

Sketching ink pines

I decided to try sketching pines in a different style. I need to work on this style more but it was fun to watch the branches come to life when adding some shading and darker values.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and following along. Sometimes I have a hard time finding my voice and putting together a post. I’m not a writer, I’m just an artist sharing what I love. I hope that 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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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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Inktober 2020 – here we go

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! 🧑

Inktober 2020 sketching - fish

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.

Inktober 2020 evening sketching

and this sketch of flowers, no detail and no real plan. Just Pen to paper and letting things happen and not overthinking anything.

ink sketching leaves with color and pattern

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 🌼 🌸

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Playing in my sketchbook

I was busy this week playing in my sketchbook. I enjoy sketching and it has always helped take my mind off things. I’m very thankful for my sketchbook and art supplies.

Happy Sunday, friends! πŸ’š

 

Floral ink sketch

When sketching florals, I like to start with bigger flowers first and then fill in around them. A quick sketch here just playing with different size flowers and leaves.

 

Mini nature ink sketches

I made a grid on my page and then created a bunch of mini sketches.

Some squares are very simple while others are more involved. I think I will try this with a different theme next time, I really like how it turned out. πŸ˜€

 

Sea life ink and Marker sketch

An ink sketch with the addition of some color in this one.

I used mini pastel Tombow markers to brighten things up in my underwater sketch. I just love these fun colors.

 

leaves and vines pattern

Back to some leaves and vines which always make me happy. Using my Tombow markers again I added some colorful patterns to the leaves.

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

Take care and be well, my friends.

🌸  Patty Anne   🌸

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Thursday – a little ink sketching

I’ve been trying to spend more time playing in my sketchbook. Sometimes I start with a plan and other times I just go where the pen takes me. πŸ˜€

Happy Thursday, friends! πŸ’š

pretty floral with cross hatching

With this sketch I started with a few big flowers and then added some vines. I’m a big fan of peek a boo leaves and had to include a few of them as well.

I haven’t used cross hatching very much and decided to add a little in the center. I like how it pushed the flowers forward and made them pop.

 

leaves and patterns ink sketchj

More play with leaves this time using a sepia micron pen. I just love that warm color.

When I’m sketching with ink the best rule for me is to not stress over mistakes and not “fix” mistakes. Trying to fix mistakes only seems to make them stand out more. I seem to do a better job if I try to make deliberate stokes and then just go with the flow.

 

round patterns ink sketch

Layered circles with doodle patterns. Just having fun and not overthinking things.

Playing and experimenting is really what my sketchbook is all about.

 

garden ink sketch

One last page of garden inspired doodles for today.

I hope you enjoyed this little walk through my sketchbook.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne  🌸

You can see more of my artwork on Instagram @pattyanneart