{FLY}

My husband really likes this one (which is so fun!) and so do I. It was nice to just sit down on a weekend and do some creating!

{FLY}

{FLY}

I started it with just a light watercolor background… I knew it would not stay all bright and cheery (not that many of my pieces are bright!) I made the background in the middle of the week- actually did it on the bus on my way running a few errands last week. (Gotta love water brushes and watercolor crayons!)

Then the other night- I woke up around 2am and couldn’t fall back asleep- so at 3am I decided to just get up and work on this piece. I had been thinking about it while I was trying to sleep! LOL So with some yummy leftovers (why was I HUNGRY at 3am?!) and Jimmy Fallon on the DVR I added the branches and then the molding paste to the bird stencil and voila!

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So yesterday all I had to do was to “grunge” it up a little. I didn’t use any paintbrushes (Well except for the white lines in the corners at the very end!) Thanks Tracy W for showing us the “baby-wipes” painting technique! I used baby wipes, and that small piece of bubble wrap and lots of smaller movements to get the color I wanted… I even employed my own body parts! (Just a finger! What were YOU thinking?!) The final step was gluing the piece of twine I found in my “box of goodies” to make the branches have more texture. 🙂

Supplies!

Supplies! (Totally going crazy using that stamp on everything these days!) 

And again- here is the finished product… Just enjoying the process… Already have an idea- it’s an old one resurfaced- for my next piece. It’s kind of large- so it could be a while in the making! We’ll see!

Finished Product!

Finished Product!

 

Did you create this weekend?

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On the Table Tuesday

I spent a long time making this post yesterday and scheduled it for today… and it is gone! DANG IT!!

Here is what I have been working on… I am STILL loving painting and doodling with the watercolors! It is a ton of fun and very easy to just go with the flow when working on them. I got a new 24 color set of Grumbacher watercolors… so I played with them a bit this week too! YAY ME! New stuff is fun!!

I have been so blessed to have some flexibility in my schedule these days. This kind of schedule doesn’t happen for me often- so I wanted to be sure I took advantage of this time and did some creating! The other day I had a few hours in between appointments… so I took my time- brought my stuff and my iPad to my favorite local coffee shop. I drew flowers, watched Netflix and totally enjoyed my time!

Art & Me time!

Art & Me time!

This is the piece I started in that coffee shop and finished once I got home that afternoon and evening. I really love the way it came out and I love the Signo pens (Gold and White) for outlining. This is one of my new favorite pieces! I think I need to learn to do these watercolors on canvas or something so I can put them up on the shelf/wall.

Close up

Close up

This is the piece I started in the coffee shop.

This is the piece I started in the coffee shop.

These little guys were fun and quick to create. I wanted to play with the browns and tans that I don’t usually use.

Fun and quick...

Fun and quick…

I started this next one- then after painting just a few scales left it out on the table and didn’t work on it again for a few days. When I was working on it this time- I showed it to my husband- in progress- and he said… “Oh, why are you doing that fish again? You already did one like that in all browns and golds.” I DID? LOL I guess leaving it out on the table allowed him to fill in the colors in his imagination! LOL Thank you sweetie for the idea to add the tan and use gold for the tail and head! FUN! I love the outlining on this too- just gave it a little more dimension. Fun! I didn’t have any words or quotes to add- I didn’t think he needed anything else.

Here Fishy Fishy

Here Fishy Fishy

The other day when I posted- I promised to share the piece I had done that was NOT watercolor. So here it is! I LOVE IT! I painted the background with baby wipes a la Tracy W, and used acrylic paints. I used paint pens for the details. This was a lot of fun too and I think I might hang this one up in the house too!

This was fun to do...

This was fun to do…

 

Close-Up

Close-Up

So- this has been a very fulfilling and artsy month and a half.. and I am loving every minute of it!

What have you been working on?

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Still Having Too Much Fun

I have given up my stupid phone games and replaced them with the watercolor crayons, water brush and a few markers! (Well most of the time anyway!) And I am enjoying my artsy-fartsy freedom. The sketchbook(s) are getting full and I just don’t care if they are works of “ART” or just learning fun.

HOWEVER- I am getting better… at least I think so! LOL It was is really hard to do some of this and show it to you- because I am really NOT that good at it. I am good at collage and paint and that kind of art- but art that involves drawing… well I am just not! LOL And it has been painful for me to show you this stuff because I am just not that proud of it. (However, some of this stuff in the post tonight- I like! I really like! LOL)

Sketching page- sun/flower... whatever! LOL

Sketching page- sun/flower… whatever! LOL

BUT- here for example- this flower? When it was a sketch? I took a picture of it and texted it to my sister. (You know- the sister the artist who can draw…) I asked “What do I have to do to make this look like a ball of fire?” Her response- “Add Flames!” LOL I thought those WERE flames! LOL FRAK! But I do think it turned into a lovely lily… When I sent her THIS version? She texted back “My man thinks it looks like the sun!” LOL UGH!!!!

But here- I think I redeemed myself with THIS sun! I find I am liking the bright colors, but since I have always loved a bit of a grunge look- I started this page by simply cleaning off my brush on the page with all different colors- there is some blue, some purple, some pink etc… then I sketched in pencil the sun, colored it in with the watercolor and then doodled and outlined the flames and just generally enjoyed myself- painting late into the night one night when my husband was out-of-town.

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Sunshine!

Sunshine!

BUT- THIS painting? It was my first that I did not sketch anything first- but just used my new watercolor paints (not the crayons) and just played and learned how to use the paint and the new brushes I got. (Didn’t even use the water brushes on this one!) Once I was done painting, I took the paint pen and my PITT pens and added details. I added a quote into the bark- hoping it kind of looked like bark and yes was a quote too.. See how clever I am! LOL

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Watercolor Tree

Watercolor Tree

(I kind of wish I had thrown in a little more of that blue stripe like color across the whole thing- not just the left side. But hey- I am learning right?! That is actually what inspired me to do the colors on the sun before hand, so it served some purpose!)

I have 3-4 new works in my sketch book right now too. (Two and a half I did just today! Brought my sketch book to the coffee-house instead of my laptop! THAT was therapy!) However, I want to add some quotes and maybe a few more doodles before I show you all… but seriously- this is fun.

One thing I have really noticed is how easy it is to blend colors. I am not that good at blending colors when they are acrylic… heck since I cannot draw- I cannot paint drawing either ya know? But bending water colors is fun… red hearts can be lighter and orangey in the center- and flowers can have white centers that gradually turn purple on the edges… THAT is fun! LOL

WOW- could I have said  typed the word FUN more times in this post? LOL But for real!!!

What new discovery have you been having FUN with lately? I know there is something…. 🙂

Watercolors and Doodles

I have been playing with something totally new to me… Watercolors and Doodling! I have been on that website again- you know- the one I post about all the time! LOL Tracy Weinzapfel Studios. The Facebook page- where are the lovely ladies are always inspiring me. I also have been back doing my Brave Girl Art Classes. (I am signed up for both Art School 1 & 2 and what fun!)

Anyway- I just played around with this first one- crooked buildings! LOL Then I colored in the buildings with watercolor crayons. It was easy, relaxing and a good learning experience.

 

Watercolor Crayons before the water...

Watercolor Crayons before the water…

With water... so bright!

With water… so bright!

Closer up

Closer up

 

So then- as I was realizing that I am truly enjoying this fun play process- Tracy and Co have been doodling more and more and even taking their “gear” on the road. It made me realize that instead of playing on my phone or reading a book when I am on the bus or waiting for an appointment- I could play too.

So with that end in mind- I grabbed my PITT Pens, my watercolor crayons, a pencil and an eraser and headed out. It took me a few days of playing with it on and off before I ended up with this! I LOVE IT! (I have to admit- at the end I added regular watercolors for the background- I mean I bought them- so I should use them right?! LOL)

Day 1- Mostly done on the bus and waiting for the Chiro...

Day 1- Mostly done on the bus and waiting for the Chiro…

Stage 2- bit more details...done in bed watching the news- LOL

Stage 2- bit more details…done in bed watching the news- LOL

Just about done! All I need to do is add the water!

Just about done! All I need to do is add the water!

 

FINISHED!

FINISHED!

 

I just love the way the colors get so bright and fun! This was a lot of work- but it was fun and I enjoyed the process. So much so that I asked a lot of questions from Tracy and the gals and well.. then I went to the art store… (Did I mention that it is only 5 blocks from my place? Dangerously close and easy to walk to!)

And well, look at my haul! Watercolors, white pens to doodle on top with, PITT Pens in lovely bright colors, a landscape pad, a circle template for flower making and a bunch of paint brushes, including water pens! OH I can’t wait for the fun!

The "goodies!"

The “goodies!”

What new techniques or products are you trying or being inspired by?