Easy and Fun Watercolor Flower Doodles

This is a tutorial I recently posted on my other blog Art is Basic, which is all about teaching art to kids. I thought readers here might like it as well.

Easy and Fun Watercolor Doodles with Flowers
I hope you are having a good summer. I have spent some time doodling with watercolors, my favorite artsy thing to do. Today I am going to show you how I transform puddles of watercolor to flower doodles. Here is an example of a finished watercolor flower doodle.
detail flower shot up close
This step-by-step is fun, summery art project for you or your kids to try. I like to share what is fun and exciting for me, because maybe you will take something from it and create your own spin on the idea. Here's what you need:
Step 1: Dip your brush in water and create a small puddle of water on your paper. Dip your brush in a color from your watercolor palette. Touch the puddle with the color and watch the colors spread.  watercolor circles close up
Drop in additional colors to create different effects.
Watercolor dots
Fill a whole page with the watercolor blobs.
watercolor dots
 watercolor dots
Step 2: Allow your watercolor puddles to dry. Use permanent black marker to outline the puddles. Or, you can draw flowers right on top, radiating from the center of the petal.

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Watercolor Flowers Step 2 (617x740)
Step 3: Draw flower petals in various shapes and sizes around the outside of the outlined puddles.
  Watercolor Flower Doodles with Black Pen
You can stop right there, or you can add additional color with brush markers or your other favorite type of coloring tools.
Step 4: Add additional color and patterns with markers. Use a white paint pen on top to make highlights and embellishments.
  Watercolor Flowers with Pen and Marker
 I had so much fun, I covered several sheets of paper with watercolor flower doodles.
Watercolor Flower Doodle
 Flower Doodles
Detail of flowers
 Detail pic of doodles
detail shot
Flower Doodles Close up
Watercolor Doodles of Flowers 
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Published Article, Colored Pencil Flowers and My Latest Creative Project

Great news! I have been published in the Summer issue of School Arts magazine.
I wrote an article about artwork my students made after learning about the art of contemporary artist Justin Vining.  You can read the article here.  I wrote a blog post last year all about this project:  Inspired by Artist Justin Vining.

I love Justin’s artwork and you can see pictures of his artwork on his website.

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School's out for summer!  For those of you who don't know, I teach K-6 art full-time during the school year.  Most of my blogging energy gets put into my teaching blog, Art is Basic.

A colored pencil flower drawing I recently made.
It's interesting how the coloring book craze has taken over.  If you walk into a craft store or Barnes and Noble, you will see a big display of them.  I even saw some adult coloring books at a gas station.  People have asked if I have gotten into coloring books, but I usually just like to draw my own pages, like the one above.

I have been working on a new creative project, which is not watercolor, not collage and not drawing!  What is it?  A planner for club or scout leaders!  So my plan is to create all the pages of this special planner and then get it printed for myself to use.  Also, I will put the files as a bundle in my shop so if anyone else wants to purchase a download, they can do so.  I'm also thinking of getting a bunch of them printed and then selling actual physical planners from my two online shops:  Teachers Pay Teachers and Etsy.


So what will make these planners special?  Well, the purpose of them is for club or scout leaders.  After my first year of leading a Girl Scout troop, I realized that using my personal calendar, plus the online tools were making it very confusing.  I decided that for next year I needed one paper planner that was only for Girl Scouts. Can you believe I couldn't find any physical bound planners for Girl Scout leaders?  I asked in a Girl Scouts Facebook group and people used teacher planners, but covered up the headings with stickers and re-purposed pages.  I was thinking how it would be really useful to have a planner that has the calendar pages, but also pages for attendance rosters, contact information of members, badges or awards earned, meeting agendas, future ideas and so forth.  My intentions are not to make it specific to Girl Scouts (there are copyright issues with that anyways) but general enough for leaders of other clubs to use as well (like a church scouting group or Student Council). 

The digital clip art I have gotten from commercial use websites such as Pixabay.com or Creative Market.  Some of the digital art I alter with color, cropping, rotating, etc. I think the pages are pretty cute.  I still have several hours of playing around with the other pages before I'm ready to send them off to the printers.  I am making the calendar pages from June 2016 through all of 2018, so the planner would be good for 2 years.  What do you think so far? Any suggestions or tips for printing?  Any pages you think I need to include in a club leader planner?

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Starting a Mixed Media Collage

I have been working in bits and pieces on this mixed media collage background. 


 I'm trying to figure out what to put on top of the background.  Any ideas?

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Watercolor and Black Paint Art Journal Pages

Hi again!  This is my poor, neglected blog space.  I've been putting forth any extra time and effort I have into my art teaching blog.  I've revamped it, added a newsletter and a slideshow at the top. I've been adding products to my TPT shop and coming up with new resources for my blog.

I have had a little bit of time to experiment with art journaling again.  I've been using watercolors combined with stark black paint.


Journal page before watercolor lettering

Journal page with lettering added




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Some Recent Clay Projects

Here are a few recent clay sculptures I made for fun and to show my elementary students what kinds of things.. (figures, animals, etc.) can be made from clay.  My students love seeing what I make.  Every week I hide Waldo around school and the kids have to find him.






And this is Skye from Paw Patrol.


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Published Magazine Article!

An article I wrote was published in the April issue of Arts and Activities magazine! If you want to read the digital version, here is the link: http://pubdev.ipaperus.com/ArtsandActivities/AAApril2016/?page=24

Big thanks to the editor, Maryellen, for publishing my article.  I really appreciate it!  Writing about art and teaching is a hobby of mine (as you might have guessed from reading my blog) and it’s exciting to hold an actual physical copy of my writing.

I have subscribed to Arts and Activities magazine for about 14 years now and I’m thrilled to have written an article.

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If you want to see more examples of student artwork, this blog post has more pictures.

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Shopkins and Candy Crush Inspired Art Journaling Sketch

For Christmas, my sister-in-law gave me the Candy Crush coloring book. I play Candy Crush frequently so I thought this gift was really cute.

  

My daughter has been coloring in it and I have been using the images to use as reference for drawing. The cute little figures in the middle are Shopkins. My daughter has been obsessed with collecting these Shopkins and we decided to draw some of them one day. If you don't know what Shopkins are, they are these little figurines of household items and foods that have cute faces on them.

  

Here is the drawing I made in my sketchbook.

To make this picture, I used Staedtler Lumicolor permanent markers for the black lines.  
To color in, I used Sakura Koi Brush Markers. They are a bit pricey, but I won an art giftcard so I splurged on myself!
  
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