Sunday, May 24, 2015

Elephant Watercolor Painting & a Quirky Dutch Summer

Hi friends!  I finished another watercolor painting this week and it is not of a bird!  I really stretched myself with this one. :)  One of my dear friends was at my house and was talking about some of my watercolor paintings on the wall.  She said she loved elephants and would love a painting of an elephant.  I decided I would give it a try!  Now, since I love bright colors so much, I couldn't just paint a gray elephant.  I found some pictures of decorated Indian elephants and came up with this design.  It's not perfect, but I'm proud of how it turned out.


I'm excited to announce that I'm going to be a part of Another Quirky Dutch Summer and I'll be writing a Guest Artist blog post. Mine will be posted mid-June.  I was so honored that she asked me to participate!  You probably didn't know this, but I am 50% Dutch!  My mom's family is 100% Dutch.  I don't know when our ancestors came to the US but it was quite awhile ago.  Anyways, the series will have all kinds of fun prompts and techniques and you can play along with all of us.  There is a Facebook group too you can join to share your artwork.

http://www.maritspaperworld.com/blog/another-quirky-dutch-summer/

Other than that, I am just trying to finish up the end of our school year!  Yikes!  Lots of report card writing in progress.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Steps of Watercolor Painting: Parakeets in Watercolor

Are you getting tired of bird paintings yet?  I used to have parakeets growing up.  I had a yellowish-greenish one and my brother had a blue one like this picture.  Don't worry, I started a few other things this week so I'll have different types of artwork to show you soon.  Would you like to see the steps I take to add layers to my watercolor paintings?  I took photographs of this parakeet painting as I added different washes of paint and fine details.

Here is the finished painting:


Here are the progression photos.  I start with a sketch from some reference photos.  Then lay down light washes of color.


Add more light washes of colors in different shades.  I use a wet paper towel to dab up areas that may have gotten too dark.


Here I have added more texture and details. The fan brush is great to use for texture and so are these wisp brushes(these aren't the exact brand that I have but they look like this) .   I use a teeny tiny brush for details.


I ended up going back into the birds with white acrylic paint because I wanted stronger highlights.

Then, I added some drips and splashes of paint to frame the birds.  Which do you like better.. with the drips or without?


The paints I used for this painting are: Angora Watercolor Pan Set Crayola Artista II Watercolor Set
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Oops Painting

I thought I'd show you a nice painting I was making and then the oops part of it.  I'd love to see your mistakes too!
 

I have been having so much fun painting watercolor birds, I just keep going. I wanted to paint some parakeets and I was making a really nice painting of the birds, but then I couldn't get the eyes on two of them right, so it kept smearing and now there's smudges.  Ah.. it's too bad because I love that little yellow bird.  I might just have to cut him out and do something else with him.


I'm also thinking about cropping the bird on the right off and using that as a separate picture.  I need to add feet though.





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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Watercolor Bird

 I'm having so much fun continuing my bird series.  I just finished this colorful little guy.


So I need your honest opinion.  Do you like it better with the background paint splotches or without?  Here's it before I did the background.




These are some of my favorite watercolor paints to use.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A World of Artist Journal Pages: Book Review

I am excited to share with you the book A World of Artist Journal Pages.  It just arrived in the mail yesterday and it is thick.. just full of inspiring art pages.  And I am super excited because five of my art journal pages have been published in the book!
A World of Artist Journal Pages Review

I put together a video flip-through to show you some of the pages of the book.  I have really low voice and my voice is even scratchier with a sore throat I have now.



Here are four of my pages that are in the book (I couldn’t find a photo of the final page.)
Soul Affirming Journal Page
Every Creation Journal Page
The Whole World Journal Page
Page with Bird and Boy

Art Journal Page

(I’m a little bummed because the scans I sent off for printing didn’t show the colors as bright as it really is in real life, but oh well!)


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mixed Media Collage

Hello there!  I have not had a lot of time to make my own art, but I did make this art journal page with some cut outs of my old drawings and watercolor pieces.


My first graders at school also made this super cool assemblage.  Details about our process are written up on my art teacher blog.  Isn't it always a blast to glue a bunch of junk together?



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Monday, April 13, 2015

New Cards and Prints in my Etsy Shop

I wanted to let you know that I put a few new items in my Etsy shop!  Here are some of the colorful new things.

The watercolor bird is also available as an 8"x10" print.



https://www.etsy.com/listing/229817582/colorful-watercolor-bird-print-8-x-10?ref=listing-shop-header-0


https://www.etsy.com/listing/229809901/artsy-greeting-cards-set-of-4-imagine?ref=shop_home_active_5

There are many more colorful artworks and collage packs in my shop.  I'd love for you to stop by and visit!  The money I earn just goes back into buying art supplies and things for my art making hobby :)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Drawing a Girl in my Sketchbook



I picked up the book Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces by Jane Davenport and practiced drawing and painting some faces.  I like the technique that she shares for drawing eyes.  Looking forward to drawing more!

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