Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stenciled Animal Cards

Watercolor Elephant Card

Here are a few animals cards I made using watercolors and stencils.   I found this set of stencils at the dollar store and have been experimenting with them.  Brushing watercolors over them creates a really cool effect.

I added some patterned packing tape from Michaels for a border for this rhino card.   Patterned packing tape and stencils are some of the coolest inventions ever!

Baby Animal Card
Baby Giraffe Card

Thursday, August 25, 2011

More Watercolor Fruit

Tomatoes and Pears Watercolor Painting

I just love that pears and tomatoes are in season right now!  Not that I particularly love to eat them, ( they aren't too bad, but I have to eat them with something else, not alone) but I love painting them!

Pear Painting

Monday, August 22, 2011

Photo of the Week

sunflower

It's that time of year again..... the sunflowers are appearing everywhere!  Every time they come out I can't stop taking pictures of them.  They make me happy :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Watercolors from San Diego: Flowers and Birds


Yep, I'm back to painting flowers.  I did the cars and trucks thing for a while, but in the end, it always comes back to flowers.  I just love them! 

P.S. I sold one of my pears paintings in my etsy shop this week! Ya! My very first sale! That is a nice feeling :)

P.P.S I know I haven't been posting much crafty stuff lately, just artsy stuff.  I'm trying to get my shop going, but I've got a sewing project in the works.  I can't wait to share that one, if it turns out ; )


Monday, August 15, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Another one for the boys!


Here's another watercolor for the boys! I don't think I will ever stop wanting to paint flowers- I'm such a girl :), but I'm having fun venturing into boy land with tractors and cars!  Its a whole new exciting thing and I'm seriously thinking of making prints of this one to sell in my etsy shop.  I just have to figure out how and where to make prints.

Yep, there is a huge learning curve when it comes to trying to sell art.  I haven't sold anything yet- the competition on etsy is fierce-  but I'm just getting started.  Thanks for all the sweet and encouraging comments on my work.  It really keeps me going!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Watercolor Cars

Watercolor Car

I worked on a few "experiments" over the weekend.  I call them "experiments" because I have never ever attempted to draw cars, let alone paint them.  I'm always painting girly things like flowers, so this is me branching out.   Since Porter likes these so much, I may attempt some tractors next..... we'll see!

Watercolor Volkswagen

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Abstract Watercolor Tutorial

Today I want to share a cool watercolor trick that will help you to make an abstract watercolor artwork for yourself!  This is so simple and it doesn't any drawing/ artistic skills, except for choosing choosing colors.

abstract watercolor art
abstract watercolor art

What you need: Watercolor paper
                             Watercolors paints and brush -a cheap $1 set from walmart will do
                             Card board or some sort of hard surface to tape your paper to
                             Masking Tape
                             Rubber Cement
                             Hair Dryer
                             Pen

Step 1: Tape your watercolor paper to your card board.  Make sure you have half of the thickness of the tape covering your paper and half of it sticking to the board.

Tip : To help the tape come off easier when your painting is done, try this little trick.  Before you stick your tape to the board, stick it to the carpet or your pants and then quickly pull if off.  The tape will pick up little fibers making it easier to get it off your paper without ripping your paper.  Cool huh?


Step 2:  Choose your color palette.  A little planning in the beginning really helps the outcome of the painting.  I find it works well to stick to no more than 3 colors. An easy way to choose colors is to pick colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.  So you could do:  yellow, green, and blue OR red, purple, and blue.....something of that sort.  You get the picture.

Step 3:  Splat or drip random globs of rubber cement on your paper and let it dry.  This is where the blow dryer comes in handy.  You don't have to use it, but it makes the process go A LOT faster.  Don't rub  off the rubber cement until the very end of this project.

rubber cement on paper

Step 4: Paint with watercolors on the paper going over the globs of dried rubber cement.  The placement of the colors doesn't really matter.  Just go with the flow.   Let the paint dry or use a blow dryer.


Step 5: Repeat step 3 by adding more globs of rubber cement and letting it dry.  Then repeat another layer of watercolors over it.  Do as many layers of rubber cement and watercolors as you like as long as you allow each layer to dry before applying the next.  I do 4 or 5 layers and that is enough for me.

rubber cement on paper

Step 6: When everything is dry you can take the rubber cement off by gently rubbing your finger over it.  Once the glue is all off, you will see the cool patterns it leaves!


Step 7:  Gently pull the masking tape off your paper.  Careful though, the paper tends to rip and stick to the tape!  This is why you need to use the tip I gave in step 1!  Once the tape is all off, you will have a nice border around your painting.


Step 8:  Optional- With a pen, outline the designs you see left from the rubber cement. You don't have to do this if you like your painting without the pen on it, but I think the ink brings out the design and makes it look better.

abstract watercolor painting

Yay! You're all done!  You created an abstract work of art you can be proud of!

abstract watercolor painting

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