Playing with Watercolor and Collage

I’ve been playing with watercolor and ink cutouts lately. Today I have a cheerful collage that I put together using my cutouts.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

watercolor and ink leaves and flowers

I painted some shapes on mixed media paper and let them dry. Later I outlined the shapes with ink and then cut them out.

close up of little collage bird
up close view of my sweet little collage bird

I used an old watercolor painting to cut out some additional shapes for my bird.

A round head, oval body, and small wing. It turned out pretty cute.

punching out paper flower shapes
punching out paper flower shapes

I’m so in love with these little flowers shapes and the designs left behind on the paper after using my new punches. 🌼

collage pieces - watercolor and ink cutouts

My cute little bird surrounded by joyful flowers and leaves.

After playing with the pieces a while, I was inspired to start putting the collage together.

Collage - Little Sweetie

The butterflies were put together using some scraps from my bird. I needed something at the top of the piece and the flowers and butterflies filled in that area nicely.

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 🌸

Painting with a large flat brush

It’s starting to feel like Fall and I am loving it. This is my favorite time of year.

I’ve been busy getting ready for a very special bridal shower next weekend but found time to do a little painting. 🌿

Botanical Blues - large brush watercolor

Botanical Blues 9 x 12 inch

I used a large 1″ flat brush for this painting. The paper is mixed media and pretty smooth. I like the simplicity and color combination.

Large watercolor leaves with Flat brush

This is a similar style painting from last year on Arches cold press watercolor paper. I was able to achieve some nice texture with this one. Paper choice does make a difference.

Fall mums on the deck

Some pretty Fall mums to add some cheer to this post and my deck.

Pretty buds up close

Hello beautiful buds!

A little close up with my iPhone. The colors and shapes are so inspiring. So many clusters of tiny flowers getting ready to sing and dance.

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 🌸

Pretty Peonies Watercolor

I have a pretty floral to share with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💜

watercolor peonies
Pretty Peonies – 9 x 12 inch watercolor sketchbook


A little watercolor practice painting Peonies and leaves.

This floral came together rather quickly. I started in the center with the larger flowers and worked my way out. I layered playful leaves to add movement and fill in space all around the Peonies.

A rather short post today… I’m trying to get used to this new block editor. 😊

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 🌸

Making and sharing watercolor cards

I have been making more cards with my watercolor cutouts. It’s a joyful process for me and I hope my creations bring you a smile.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

watercolor flowers and leaves

I always start with a few of my painted flowers and leaves. They work quite well for card making.

I add a little ink detail and outline each piece to create a nice shape.  It’s amazing the difference a little ink can make.

Tip: When I cut out the watercolor pieces I leave a tiny paper border around the ink outlined shape.

 

notecard - watercolor flower cutouts

Blank cards with envelopes are easy to find online or in the craft store.

I like the simplicity of a just few pieces on each card.

flower card - watercolor cutouts

It’s fun to  play around with the arrangement using different pieces until I find something I like. Then using a glue stick, I secure the pieces down and place a heavy book on top to add a little pressure.

Tip: Baby wipes are by my side for my hands…. I don’t do sticky very well. 😊

 

watercolor card cutouts

What I love about making and sharing cards using my art is that they are part of me.

A gift from the heart shared with family and friends is a special thing. 💗

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Always remember that art is for everyone.

Until next time, have a creative week and shine on!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

 

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Indigo skies and a little sparkle

I have a landscape painting to share with you today.

Something calm and soothing…

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! 💙

 

indigo skies watercolor landscape

For the distant sky I used a cool Indigo. I also added in a little touch of peachy pink (quinacridone rose + yellow ochre) similar to the warm peach color used in the foreground.

Watercolor Tip: To create the sparkle in the center I dragged the side of a large wet brush across clean dry paper. Some areas remain unpainted and it creates a little sparkle. I always love how that looks. 🙂

 

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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Here come the roses again…

This week I was back to painting roses again with coffee and watercolor. It’s always fun to look back at previous work so I included some roses from the past here as well.

Happy Sunday, friends!  💚

Coffee painting - Roses

I started with a center rose and then worked my way around. I love to paint with espresso powder for baking. Adding a few drops of water to a little powder and you have a beautiful “coffee” paint ready to go. I used a round #6 brush here. There is so much you can do with a round brush. I have a number of different sizes, just love them.

Painting Tip: Keep an eye on your brushes. Over time the tip of a round brush will wear down. I just noticed that I have a few brushes that I need to replace.

 

Colorful watercolor roses

This time a little more color with some bright watercolor roses. This style is a bit more modern botanical…I like that.

 

Roses at Longwood Gardens watercolor

and now looking back to a playful painting of roses from last year…  I really love the colors and the movement in this one.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Having art in my life is such a blessing. Painting and sketching makes me happy and I am thankful that I can share my journey with you.

I will be taking a blogging break for a few weeks. I am busy getting ready for a bridal shower that I’m hosting later this summer. I will still be around and may post a few things on Instagram.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

 

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Floral comes together with ink sketching

I have a joyful piece to share with you today. Another watercolor floral with ink sketching… my favorite way to create.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💜

floral watercolor under painting

In my 9 x 12 inch sketchbook, I started by painting  flowers and leaves. My favorite blues and purples this time. I let the colors mix and mingle on the paper which is what I love about watercolor.

The overall piece needs balance and more interest but at this point that’s ok. The ink sketching to come will fill in space and wake things up.

 

floral watercolor and ink painting

9 x 12 inch  – Sweet Season

There is always a little fear when adding the sketching layer. I just tell myself that this piece is incomplete as is and round two (sketching detail) will take things to the next level.

What you don’t see is that I keep playing and sketching different types of leaves and flower patterns in my other sketchbooks. That type of play helps build my confidence and my sketching “muscle memory”. Then when I need it, I can pull out my favorites to add to a bigger piece like this one.

When it feels right and I have a window of free time, I pull out the painting, grab my pens and start adding some playful ink sketching and doodles.

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 fun.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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Ink sketching makes it all better

Today I have some colorful leaves to share with you. This piece hit a little bump in the road during the first layer of painting. As the title suggests, ink sketching makes it all better… well, this time it did. 😊

Happy Thursday, friends! 🧡

 

watercolor leaves - base painting

I mixed different shades of red, orange, and pink. The painting was all pretty basic with some leaf shapes and stems.

The last touch was to add something in the upper right corner to balance things out.

 

watercolor leaves - showing an issue

As  I painted away I realized… uh oh, I just painted the leaves in the wrong direction. My plan was to paint a few more leaves in the right direction with a little darker color to see if that would fix it.

More paint wasn’t the solution I decided. I planned on adding ink sketching anyway and just hoped for the best. Now I had to wait for the painting to dry.

 

watercolor and ink - fall leaves sketch

To keep things more interesting I used different shapes and sizes for the leaves. I let the watercolor act as a guide and let the sketching bring things into focus.

My previous painting issue was saved by the ink sketching. I outlined a stem with leaves in the right direction and the other leaves just became part of the background.

I was able to make a save here and just go with it. There are always choices to make with every painting. My best advice is to just keep practicing and having fun.

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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Feels like home – watercolor and ink

Something sweet to share with you today.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! 💙😊

I just love to paint birds and flowers and was in the mood for something sweet. It started with a watercolor under painting.

 

bird and flowers watercolor under painting

Sorry about the quality of the photo, not great but it works.

I used a #6 round brush and started with the leaves. For the bird I built up the color with about 3 washes darkening each time. The flowers were last as I tried to balance things out.

At this point I was pretty happy with the painting but wanted more. So out came the pens… I was thoughtful about wanting to keep the softness of the piece which meant I needed to be careful with the amount of ink used.

 

bird and flowers watercolor and ink painting

I darkened the bird’s eye and added some light marks on the body and legs. Just a few small touches for the little guy and no outlining.

I tried to use some soft playful outlines on the flowers while using my regular bold outline on the leaves.

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

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere!

🌸  Patty Anne 🌸

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