I decided to try out the wax resist technique and have some interesting results to share with you.
Happy Sunday, friends! 🌼
In each of these little paintings I used a birthday candle to make marks on dry watercolor paper before painting. You can see the tiny candle that I used in the lower left landscape near the bottom.
The waxed area resists the paint and you are left with the visible white of the paper showing through. It worked well on a few of my mini paintings.
Watercolor Notes: -After making marks on the paper it’s hard to see where the wax is and how much coverage you actually have. It’s a bit of a risk but was fun to try. -The wax will remain on the paper and does not wipe off. Once it’s down, you can’t go back. -There were a few tiny wax bits left behind on top of the paper after I finished drawing/mark making with the candle. I just brushed them off the paper before I started to paint.
After playing for a while I decided to try using the technique on a bigger painting. A happy sunflower sounded like fun. 😁
Mom’s Sunflower – 9 x 12 inch watercolor
In the center of the flower I used the little candle to make some markings on the paper. The bright white area is where the wax went down. In some places I ended up with a light coverage but I think it’s rather nice.
I am super happy with my bright and splashy sunflower.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!
Inktober is a drawing challenge started by Mr. Jake Parker where artists from all over the world take part in working on an ink drawing each day for the month of October. I am participating this year by sketching what I love when time allows.
Hope you enjoy my little sketches this week.
Happy Thursday! 😊
6 x 9 inch – Poppy flower
I’ve been using fine tip pens and trying to keep a light touch when sketching flower petals. I think it is starting to get a little better.
6 x 9 inch Flowers and vines
9 x 12 inch Sunflower
A happy little flower inspired by a sunflower in my garden. 🌻
9 x 12 inch – Standing tall
Working on the leaves in this sketch was easier and more fun once I started to doodle and let go. I tried to be careful to leave enough white space and develop some areas more than others.
9 x 12 inch – Little birdie in a tea cup
All of my ink sketches are on mix media paper using Micron pens of various sizes. I like mix media paper because it is smooth and has a great surface for ink sketching. The other nice thing is that it can handle a little watercolor if I choose to add some color.
I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and spread kindness all around. 💗
A little sunshine your way today with a cheerful Sunflower painting.
I worked on painting a Sunflower based on an exercise in Jean Haines beautiful watercolor book, Paint Yourself Calm. I love her loose style of painting and the vibrant colors she uses in her work. This book is full exercises to help you relax, explore color, and reduce stress through painting.
Sunflowers just make me smile. The bright yellow makes me happy. 🙂
In this exercise the petals are painted by pulling color toward the center of the flower. The salt technique is used on the center of the flower and plastic wrap is used on the petals. Both techniques are fun and create some interesting results.
It was vey exciting the next day after the salt was dusted off and the plastic wrap removed. Then just a little touch up and this happy sunflower was finished.
Sunflower watercolor painted on 11×14 inch Arches watercolor paper
A different view of the same Sunflower.
Thanks for stopping by and following along.
I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun.
Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.