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! 💚

 

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. 😀

 

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   🌸

Join me on Instagram @pattyanneart

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. 😀

Happy Thursday, friends! 💚

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

Leaves in watercolor and ink

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

Happy Thursday, friends!  💚

 

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. 😊

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.  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!

🌸   Patty Anne   🌸

Join me on Instagram at pattyanneart

 

Thursday doodle and flow

I have a little walk through of a small Zentangle that I’ve been working on.

Happy Thursday, friends! 💜

I love to doodle and play with different patterns. This time I remembered to take a few progress shots to share with you. So here we go…

Zentangle ink sketch 1

Doodle and flow – part 1

I started from the top filling in a few sections.

 

Zentangle ink sketch step 2

Doodle and flow – part 2

I love vines and leaves so I added them near the top so that they could float down through the piece.

 

Zentangle ink sketch part 3

Doodle and flow – part 3

Darkening the background of a section really pushes the pattern forward.

I tried to mix things up a bit with size and shape. I think a little variety makes the piece more interesting.

 

zentangle doodle ink sketch

Doodle and flow –  6 x 6 inch Strathmore Artist Paper

I love how calming this type of project is. I am able to just enjoy creating and leave all worries behind. Watching it all come together is always fun for me. It’s like putting together a puzzle.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. I started doodling and playing with Zentangle about a year ago. It is super fun and very easy to do. All you need is a pen and piece of paper, you probably already have that on hand.

Until next time, share a smile and doodle on! 😄

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

I’m on Instagram at pattyanneart

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Having fun painting leaves

I have some simple leaves to share with you today. I always enjoy painting leaves and find it to be quite relaxing.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚🌿 

 

pastel leaves - watercolor painting

I played with different colors and brushes in this painting. Each stem is angled in a different direction creating a fun pattern of leaves.

 

pastel painting - watercolor painting

Another attempt in a similar style, just enjoying the process without worrying about results.

It kind of reminds me of wallpaper or fabric design.

 

lovely leaves

Painting leaves is a good way to practice brush strokes.

Using more or less pressure on your brush as you paint allows you to vary the shape of your leaves. More pressure equals a wider area and less pressure a narrow area. Combining both in one stroke can create some nice results with a little practice.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create and have fun. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

 

follow me on Instagram @pattyanneart

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