Saturday, April 29, 2017
|Learning to add depth, shadows, and highlights|
Below are a few of my favorites from this week. Until next time...paint your heart out!!
|Day 24: Cactus with Jay Lee Watercolor on YouTube|
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
|Lemons--inspired by Ohn Mar Win @ohn_mar_win on Instagram|
|Kid Art Inspired|
|Tulips--How to Draw Modern Florals by Alli Koch|
This painting was inspired by the book How to Draw Modern Florals by Alli Koch. Throughout her book, she gives step-by-step instructions and models to draw a variety of flowers. To finish the tulips out, I added stems, leaves and a pot...again lightly sketching each part to help me get it close to correct! To be honest, my favorite part is the pot...go figure!! :-)
|Tulips inspired by Jay Lee Art|
I hope this post has inspired you to give sketching a try. Honestly, I'm most impatient when it comes to art...which requires patience, and I don't like sketching first...but when I'm finish, I'm glad I did! Please leave a comment below if this post is helpful in any way or if you have any tips on sketching.
Until next week....paint your heart out!
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
|Papertrey April Blog Hop|
|Papertrey's Inspiration Photo--patterns by Megan Carter|
Papers: White cardstock, Summer Sunrise, Pale Peony, and Orange Zest
Inks: Summer Sunrise, Pale Peony, Orange Zest, Stormy Sea
Dies & Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Gran's Garden, Mix & Mat Scallops
Monday, April 24, 2017
|Color Throwdown #439|
Saturday, April 22, 2017
|Make It Monday #281: Patterns Behind Window|
Thanks for stopping by!
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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