Monday, August 22, 2016

Watercolor Blooms Greeting Card Size


My birthday card stash is running low, so I'm going to do a few watercolor blooms.  This was done wet-on-wet with a size 4 round brush.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Baby Shoes


Gouache, watercolor, handcarved stamps, stabilo pencil

I have enough drawings in my various journals and sketchbooks that I can reuse the images on new pieces.  Now I just need to go through all the books and extract the ones that I like.  This will be an ongoing process, I suspect, but it is fascinating what I find when I browse through them!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Silly Scraps Saturday



The instructions were to make a landscape collage from torn postage stamps, and the exercise was to take 20 minutes.  He listed a pencil in the required materials, so I don't think I cheated too much.  We'll call this "Westcoast Mountains and Rainforest". 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flower Experiments


I've been doing more Watercolor Bloom Flower Experiments.  Alisa Burke tells us how important it is that we really play with our supplies and understand what they can do.  We won't like all of them (or maybe even many of them), but we'll find a couple of things that we really do like, and incorporate them into our art, making them our own.  This seems like good advice to me, although I rarely follow it.

What I learned:  
  • I don't like the gouache as much as the watercolor for this watery style.
  • I'm more comfortable with the round brushes than with the flat brushes for most things, but I do like holding the flat brush with the tip against the paper and making feathery marks.
  • The flat brush has some potential for diamond shape petals (like hydrangeas), but I need to practice this.
  • I like the flat brush for the gold flower below.  It makes nice white/light spots.  I took a session in flat brush strokes at the Westcoast Calligraphy Society last year, and learned this "ballet slipper" stroke.  It is useful for making bows and pinecones too. (See this post.)



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

More Crazy Quilts

I've made a few more Crazy Paper Quilt ATC's for the upcoming Vancouver ATC Swap.


I used a few different things for focal points (the starting point for the quilt), like postage stamps and pictures of flowers.


I added embroidery to a few.



And of course, there had to be another bird:


Stamp by Inkadinkado




Monday, August 15, 2016

Beach Treasures


I picked up a few "treasures" at the beach the other day and put them in my sketchbook.  I spent a most absorbing morning, researching and painting them.



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Playing with Framing, Cropping, Drawing with Paint, and Contrast

Sketchbooks are wonderful places for experimenting.  At the beach, I made two quick decisions while sketching and painting the stranded boat.  Firstly, I left the sketch unframed; this may have been an unconscious decision, as I have a tendency to dive right in without thinking.  While painting, I deliberately left the foreground trees mostly white, in order to draw attention to the boat.  Before I left the beach, I took a picture of the scene for later reference.

Back home, I did a couple of experiments.  I mostly wanted to play with adding more color and framing, so in the first experiment, I first drew a frame to draw the picture in.  I did no drawing, but started right in with the paint.  (Thanks to Alisa Burke for giving me the confidence to try this!) Only after painting did I add a few details to the boat with pen.


I didn't like this much, the boat had "disappeared", so I tried another, cropping the photo so that the boat was more prominent.


I didn't like this as much as the original sketch either, which had more contrast between the elements, thereby emphasizing the boat, making it more dynamic:


These experiments were useful, although I realize now that I might need to do another one to fully decide about the framing.