A big thank you to Lindsay Weirich of The Frugal Crafter Blog for this wonderful watercolor tutorial. I just love looking over her shoulder while she paints. She makes it look so easy!
Hi friends! I had so much fun painting these birds in my sketchbook!
Watch the video to see the time-lapse!
- Renesans Watercolors: Colors used: Pthalo Blue, raw sienna, pthalo green, Sepia and stil De Grain Brown (not Van Dyke Brown, I misspoke)
- Watercolor sketchbook: This is the brand but the book I have is larger than this, about 9″x12″
- Brushes: #8 & #2 round, Filbert wash
- Cut up credit card, paper towel, 2 waterbruckets
- Swatching stamps
- Prismacolor Pencils
- This is the reference book I used for my reference photos currently around $11 used! You can see other books in the series here Used copies are always popping up so I keep an eye out for them at a good price:)
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Inspiring works of art:
- A reading list put together by authors.
- The National Parks.
- Recycling vinyl records.
- Some interesting modern quilts.
- If you like succulents, this is for you.
- Gorgeous tangles.
- How to use a wedge brush for watercolor.
- Now that he’s retired from acting, here are some photographs of a young Robert Redford. (I like him better without the mustache.)
- <Gasp!> I have to get at least one of these! Collaboration between Vans and the Van Gogh Museum.
- Thoughts on personal growth.
- Literary architecture.
- Incarcerated book critic.
Beauty to inspire your own creations:
- Read what Reece Witherspoon is reading.
- Origami like you’ve never seen it before.
- Traveling in Segovia, Spain.
- My favorite spot on earth—The Cloisters.
- What to see at Yosemite.
- Watercolor basics and special effects.
- The power of music.
- Quilt eye candy.
- Pretty soon we’ll be remodeling our kitchen, so I was tickled to see Suhita Shirodkar’s sketches of the demolition of her kitchen.
- What is the essential requirement of creation?
- Who determines the value of art?
- Breathtaking sculpture.
This summer I participated in three overlapping art challenges. I posted my last update a month ago. The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day challenge ran June through July, and July was also World Watercolor Month.
I had chosen animals as my theme for ICAD, because I wanted to practice drawing them. But I really missed my Zentangle, so I tangled the butterfly below:
This is what it looked like when it was painted. I think I like the black-and-white better:
I experimented with watercolor pencils. Either I’m not doing it right, or my pencils are crappy, because to me this hen looks like it was done in colored pencils, even though I washed the heck out of it:
In honor of our late dachshund, Rudi:
And this kitty looks a little like our Zoe, but not really:
And here are all my challenge projects:
Only 24, not 61, which would be one a day. Mostly that’s because most of my projects took more than one day to make. I limited myself to 45 minutes a day so I’d still have some writing time. The center column above are my World Watercolor Month paintings.
Hi, everyone. I’m one week post-surgery and doing well. I said I wouldn’t worry about writing any articles during July, but there’s no harm in showing you what I’ve been doing on my art challenge, The 100 Day Project, since the last time I checked in.
The 2018 100 Day Project runs from April 3 through tomorrow. The idea is to make a piece of art every day for 100 days (a tiny artwork is fine). The challenge just happens to overlap with two other challenges I like to do, the Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day challenge and World Watercolor Month.
My theme for ICAD (Index-Card-a-Month) is animals.
By the way, I’ve missed a lot of days, but I expected I would. When you have surgery, all bets are off.
Flamingo with zentangle.
There may have been a superhero prompt. This is Underdog.
Now we cross over to watercolor. I am painting on watercolor postcards because index cards are too unpredictable when they get wet. (See mantis above.)
Ladybug on daisy.
This one was inspired by a Williams-Sonoma pillow.
Are you participating in any art challenges right now? Feel free to add a link in the comments.
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- Tangle challenge interpretations.
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- Lovely watercolors.
- A pretty spectacular little film. I’m guessing this is computer simulation and not actual space photography. Correct me if I’m wrong, please.
- Reasons to go away.
- Two free patterns for sewing machine quilt blocks.
- Are you job hunting? Come up with good answers for these interview questions now. Write them down and practice them. Come out lookin’ good!
- For the quilters: tools that make sewing quilts easier.
- Ways to be more creative. This is a long, long list. Bookmark it and try one suggestion a day when you’re having a dry spell.
- Wouldn’t we all like to write a book like Stephen King? (Well, maybe not just like Stephen King.)
- So many creative blogs, so little time.