|Color Throwdown #439|
Monday, April 24, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
|Make It Monday #281: Patterns Behind Window|
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Card Recipe [All PTI except for 'dictionary entry' as pattern]:
Stamps: Bold Blossoms & Mix & Mat Scallop Die
Inks: Pale Peony, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Classic Kraft, Burnt Umber, Raspberry Fizz
Paper: Vintage Cream and Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic Textbook
Friday, April 21, 2017
|Day 16--third attempt|
I wanted to take a moment to update my Watercolor Wednesday #6 post. In that post, I discussed failure as a necessary ingredient for growing and learning. Immediately after that post, I continued on my #100daysofwatercolorexercises journey for Instagram. Folks, nothing I painted with water, paper, and pigment worked. All of them...complete disasters...the entire day. I made four earnest attempts to produce a decent post, but after the last attempt, all I could do was put it out there for all to see!
|Day 16--Cactus, take one|
|Day 16--Cactus, take two|
- Sometimes I need to let the paint dry
- Sometimes I need to walk away and just stop
- Sometimes I need to have a plan and maybe sketch first
- All the time, I need to accept small steps forward.
Thanks for stopping by, and until Wednesday, have a great weekend and paint your heart out!!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
|My favorite from the past week: Feather-Day 13|
|Day 15: Brush Techniques|
- repeat the process all over again until you have achieved success!
The photos in this post show paintings where I combined technique and practice with application. The feather above was created after watching a video on Skillshare. If you don't know about Skillshare, it's a community of learners and teachers who share what they've learned with you. The lessons are in YouTube format, and yes, you can probably find everything you need for free on YouTube. However, for a small amount monthly, you can explore all sorts of classes that go into more depth and break down the steps to ensure success. You have an opportunity to upload your work and have the instructors give feedback. The feather above and a few other pieces were created after watching Peggy Dean's 10 Easy Watercolor Projects. Click on the link to get a free class, if you'd like to see what it's all about: Skillshare 10 Easy Watercolor Projects. You will have to sign up to get the free class. Now on to this week's projects:
Although Skillshare is a great platform, you really don't have to pay big bucks to learn how to watercolor. There are plenty of demos to be found on Instagram, bloggers, company websites, and YouTube. The piece below was inspired by a @hello_worldpics on Instagram. I love following them as they have the most vibrant, colorful pictures from all around the globe. The window does seem to be a little unbalanced, but that really is how it looked to me. Life is a little off, right folks?!!
|Day 11/100 Window in Columbia|
|Day 12: Ladybug Fantasy|
|Day 12, too: Mosaic|
Until next week...paint your heart out!!
Sunday, April 16, 2017
|PTI-Create Along With Us|
Today's quick post is for Papertrey's Create Along With Us. I was inspired by Nichole's countdown card using the new Gran's Garden stamp set. It's a gorgeous floral, so I pulled out my 2016 Anniversary set to play along. I love the Kraft cardstock on white with the white pen lines and sentiment. My version added a few more hand-drawn lines to set off the flowers and sentiment. Now it's off to get back into the routine for the upcoming week!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Saturday, April 15, 2017
|Easter Card for Nieces & Nephews|
I'm also playing along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Hip Hop. There is still time to join the fun! Happy Easter!!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
|Permanent Rose, Cad Yellow Pale & Cad Red Pale|
|Cad Yellow Pale, Ultra Marine, and Cerulean|
So, practice, practice, practice is in store for me! I like to watch and follow along with the video below. Meredith, at The Witty Gritty Paper Co., models and describes the process beautifully, and I remember the very first time I felt like I got it 'right'! She has several easy-to-follow, beginner watercolor videos over on You Tube that will help demystify the medium.
|Palm Sunday Post on Instagram|
Thanks for stopping by! Please comment below and let me know how you like to approach your wash techniques. I'd love to hear from you!!
Monday, April 10, 2017
|Wet-in-Wet Watercolor Background|
There is plenty of time for the Little Tangles Challenge, but the Color Throwdown window closes at 6:00 p.m. tonight. Have a great Monday!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
|Project for Skillshare: Gestural Flowers|
The photo above is a painting I created after taking a Skillshare class by Victoria Johnson--Exploring Paint: Learn to Create Gestural Flowers. I loved this class, as it was quick, easy, and the demonstration was spot-on. After the class I was able to at least follow along and create and Instagram-worthy post. It was a lot of fun.
In other news, the #30DaysofBibleLettering came to an end on March 30th. Below is another attempt at painting a watercolor wreath. I do like how this one turned out. Leaves are a sticking point, but I am determined to build up to 5 or more styles by the end of April.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
|Created for #30daysofbiblelettering|
|A very happy 'accident'!|
|A small sample of my watercolor exercises last week.|
Below is a great video to spark creativity and to get to know the watercolor medium. [Disclaimer...the video below is a vlog and does include some of Carrie's creative insights which includes her life and artistic journey. If you want to get to the meat of this session, skip to 5.26 to get started!] I'm going to take my own advice, and for WCW #4, and I'm going to commit to really focusing on these exercises for the next week.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by! Please comment below and let me know about your artistic journey or any tips you've learned whether it be watercolor or any other medium!
Monday, March 27, 2017
|Color Throwdown #435|
Saturday, March 25, 2017
|Papertrey March Blog Hop|
|Inspiration: Papertrey March Blog Hop|
|Just a few things I gathered to play along today!!|
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
|Mission Watercolor Pallet--Maiden Voyage|
|My First Pallets|
The pallet to the right was the one that I first learned that tube paints were meant to be loaded into the wells and used as 'pans' once they dried. When I figured this out...on my own, remember...I felt watercolor freedom! Okay, that may be a stretch, and as you can see from the mixes. Obviously, I'm still tentative about mixing my colors. I do tend to stay very 'organized' when I use my pallet...keeping the cools and the warms on their respective sides. It's true, I prefer to keep one mixture at a time, although I have splurged upon occasion and have mixed varying shades of colors adding neutrals and warms to cools and cools to warms.
|Experimenting with Greens & Golds|
I hope this post has been a little helpful to you. For more information, please click on the links below to find out more about using your watercolor pallets and starting your own watercolor journey. Until next time...happy painting!!
Angela Fehr: Basic Supplies
Angela Fehr: Tips for Using Your Watercolor Pallet
Watercolor Misfit: Best Watercolor Tips
Sunday, March 19, 2017
|Color Throwdown #434|
I used my watercolors [Sap Green and Cad. Yellow Pale Hue] to throw down some green circles. While they were still wet, I used my Prima Metallic Accent paints to sparkle in some gold.
|Love how the metallic gold pushed the green around...|
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
|Mission Watercolor Pallet|
- Angela Fehr--she's an amazing artist and posts regular videos to You Tube.
- Sandy Allnock--also an amazing artist and card maker. She has a lot of insights, and she considers herself to be learning watercolor as a new medium for her work.
- Kristina Werner--Kristina is a well-known blogger and card maker...but she also is fabulous with watercolor techniques.
- And finally, Watercolor Misfit--I love her quirky vlogs and her simple style in helping us all along our artistic journey.
I follow many others, but the artists listed above teach and inspire me most!
Each week I plan to share one project I'm either working on or have completed and what I've learned along the way. Today's post is a preview of Day 16's #30daysofbiblelettering project that I have committed to do for Lent. I have been practicing Brush Lettering for almost a year now, and frankly, I wasn't expecting to do very well with a watercolor brush...but...hey! I think this turned out better than all of my attempts with a brush marker!
Below are the colors I've loaded into my pallet top left to top right. Many of the paints I have are student grade, but I cannot toss them just yet. I plan to use them up and replace with artist quality. Thanks so much for dropping by!
- Cotman--Payne's Gray
- Windsor & Newton--Burnt Umber
- Susan Scheewe--Raw Sienna
- Windsor & Newton--Ultramarine Violet
- Cotman--Purple Lake
- Windsor & Newton--Colbalt Blue
- Cotman--Cerulean Blue
- Grumbacher--Thalo Blue
- Susan Scheewe--Hooker's Green
- Cotman--Sap Green
- Cotman--Viridian Hue
- Windsor & Newton--Permanent Rose
- Windsor & Newton Permanent Alizarin Crimson
- Cotman--Cadmium Red Pale Hue
- Windsor & Newton--New Gamboge
- Susan Scheewe--Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue
- Windsor & Newton--Quinacridone Gold
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
|Papertrey: Favorite Florals|
I improvised a wreath...all the rage today...using Turning a New Leaf and Beautiful Blooms. I also used PTI's Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Bright Buttercup, Pale Peony, Hawaiian Shores, and Berry Sorbet to create the wreath. I added stitches using Tombow #933, Pale Peony cardstock, and a sentiment from Painted Petals, PTI's 2016 Anniversary stamp set!
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|Oh my! We're begging for a transformation!!|
While I've been making cards off and on for a few years, it was in 2016 that I fell in love with making cards on a regular basis. And through this new-found appreciation of the art, I've learned many new techniques and have developed new interests along the way, such as: watercolor, brush lettering, blending, collage, stenciling, line drawing, making my own backgrounds...the list is endless. It truly makes me appreciate what Nichole and the design team at Papertrey go through to create all of their wonderful products.
|Peonies on Parade Transformed!|
|Papertrey's 10th Anniversary Challenge|
Monday, March 13, 2017
|Papertrey 10th Anniversary: Multiply|
For the color scheme, I liked this week's color pallet from Color Throwdown #433--Cornflower blue, green and white. I used PTI's Sketched Shapes for the circles and stamped them with Blueberry Sky & Green Parakeet onto white cardstock. The three background circles were stamped using both colors, turning the stamp 90 degrees to get a cross-hatch look. To finish the card, I used Embroidered Bloom's happy birthday sentiment and stamped it with Blueberry Sky onto craft cardstock. Thanks for stopping by!!
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
|Papertrey's 10th Anniversary: Guest Blogger-Lizzie Jones|
I also gathered inspiration for this card from CAS(E) This Sketch #211. I love their simple designs! Thanks for stopping by!!
Stamps & Dies: PTI Embroidered Blooms and Text Style: Thinking of You; Avery Elle Postage Stamp Die
Inks: Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Pale Peony
Paper: Linen and white cardstocks; vellum