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! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’™

Pretty Posies ink sketch

I’m sure it’s no surprise to find there are flowers in my sketchbook. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Pretty watercolor poppies

Just a quick post today with some pretty watercolor flowers that I painted this week.

Happy Thursday, friends!

Pretty watercolor poppies

9 x 12 inch – Watercolor Poppies

A quick loose painting with a large round brush.

Bright red petals painted first then edges softened with clean water. Blue centers allowed to bleed into the red petals. A simple painting trying not to overwork things.

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

You can see more of my work on Instagram at pattyanneart

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! ๐Ÿงก

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!

๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒผ ๐ŸŒธ

I’m on Instagram at @pattyanneart, follow along to see more of my work and whether I can ever pass the 450 followers mark ๐Ÿ˜ (not sure it’s possible since it hasn’t really changed in the last year). It used to bother me but now I find it rather amusing.

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! ๐Ÿ’š

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. ๐ŸŒผ

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!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

Pretty Peonies Watercolor

I have a pretty floral to share with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ

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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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! ๐Ÿ’š

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.ย  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 toย  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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

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. ๐Ÿ’—

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!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

 

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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!ย  ๐Ÿ’š

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…ย  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!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

 

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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! ๐Ÿ’œ

floral watercolor under painting

In my 9 x 12 inch sketchbook, I started by paintingย  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 inchย  – 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!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Feels like home – watercolor and ink

Something sweet to share with you today.

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜Š

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!

๐ŸŒธ ย Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

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