Monday, July 26, 2021

Hummingbird and Flowers in Metallic Watercolor


 I'm always looking for new tutorials in the medium that I plan to use.

I wanted to use the Frugalcrafter Lindsay Weirich for the hummingbird tutorial, but had a difficult time drawing the bird. So, I drew the bird (using a white watercolor pencil) from a tutorial from Let's Make Art by Sarah Cray.

My Master's Touch Metallic set did not have the same colors as Lindsay's, but I had fun choosing my own. I used black Stonehenge cold press watercolor paper. I enhanced the hummingbird using black and white Posca Pens.

Challenges:

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/07/july-2021-challenge-7-anything-goes.html 

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/07/ch-54-agopt-twist-use-flag-winners-of.html

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/07/new-challenge_0994704678.html 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Portland Lighthouse Watercolor


 I was so happy to find that Paul Clark chose to teach a lighthouse as one of his weekly tutorials. This is Portland Lighthouse in the USA! I discovered there are several Portlands in the USA, but I'm thinking this one is in Main!

I so enjoyed the many challenges this tutorial gave me and I'm so very pleased with the results!

The rocky cliff was done with a piece of Cling Wrap crushed over a watery mess of watercolor paints and left there for more than 10 minutes. After removing the wrap, I went in with my brush and more paints adding more to the rough rocky surface.

I painted this scene using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. The piece was enhanced with table salt, General's Pastel Chalk Pencils, and a bit of scratching with a craft blade for shine to the water..

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/07/july-2021-challenge-7-anything-goes.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/07/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/creative-moments-challenge-218-anything.html 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Fishermen in Watercolor


 I was brought up in a house with Asian artifacts and have taken several classes on Asian culture. So, I was very happy to have this tutorial from Paul Clark to paint.

I painted this scene using Winsor Newton Cotman tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. The painting was enhanced using General's Pastel Chalk Pencils and a craft blade to give the water some shine.

My husband loved this painting so much that he found a gold frame for it, and we decided that it has to go on our wall!


 

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/07/july-2021-challenge-7-anything-goes.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/07/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/creative-moments-challenge-218-anything.html 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Metallic Floral Watercolor


 This "Metallic Floral," is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

I had been wanting to try this tutorial for awhile. My set of metallic watercolors from Michael's had gone from bad to worse yet! I really wanted to buy the set Sarah used in the tutorial, but I couldn't find it locally and didn't get around to ordering it online. 

I finally got a chance to get to Hobby Lobby. Well, although that set was online at Hobby Lobby, it wasn't in the store. I was disappointed, but decided to try something else, a Metallic Semi-Moist Color Cake set by Master's Touch. It doesn't say it's watercolors on the package, but that's how you use it! There are 24 luscious colors!

That evening I got out my supplies and began to follow Sarah's tutorial. I drew the flowers on black Stonehenge cold press watercolor paper using a white Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer pencil. I dropped water into the paint wells that I planned to use and began to paint using the brush included in the set. 

I couldn't believe how smooth and creamy the paint was. I had to make myself stop painting, so as not to over work that which to my eyes at nearly midnight was a great piece! I still felt that way the following morning and so did my husband Sandy! Maybe you should try it!

I couldn't resist, here's another!

                                                         



Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/07/july-2021-challenge-7-anything-goes.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/07/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/creative-moments-challenge-218-anything.html 

Monday, July 12, 2021

Desert Dusk Watercolor


 This "Desert Dusk Watercolor," is from tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. I lightly drew the scene and then follow the colors in the tutorial, enjoying the rainbow effects of the lines of color on the wet paper.

This painting is on a 4x6" Winsor Newton watercolor cold press postcard. I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors.

I've been enjoying the limited color palette and the smaller work space. It's an enjoyable challenge.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/07/july-2021-challenge-7-anything-goes.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/07/classic-design-challenge-july-7.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/07/morgans-artworld-challenge-7.html 

Friday, July 9, 2021

A Metallic Painting Day!

 



I was looking for something new and fun to do, when I realized I have a set of metallic watercolors, that I have yet to try out! Those paints, black watercolor paper (Legion Stonehenge cold press) and a pencil (watercolor or regular) was all I needed to follow two tutorials (Metallic Swan, Metallic Bubbles) by Sarah Cray. I used Artist Loft Metallic Watercolors, which I hadn't tried yet and when I did, it came out of the tube separated. So maybe they don't last too long, but I mixed each with a bit of water and they worked for these projects.

 I really love the swan and might be tempted to paint another!

Have some fun and give it a try!

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/07/july-2021-challenge-7-anything-goes.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

A Sailboat in Line and Wash

This sailboat watercolor painting is from a tutorial by Paul Clark. This time I think I got the boat ok, with not much of a background.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper. I added Bleed Proof White on the painting, for the reflection from the hull. I used two Micron Pens for the line 01 and 05.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/07/july-2021-challenge-7-anything-goes.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/07/morgans-artworld-challenge-7.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/07/classic-design-challenge-july-7.html 


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Willy Lott's Cottage a Watercolor Painting

 

This painting is of a special residence in the United Kingdom. It's "Willy Lott's Cottage," a tutorial by Paul Clark. Through the years many artists have painted this lovely scene. I hope I have done it justice.

The tutorial was meant to be a lesson on including figures in landscape paintings. The figures were not too hard, I did practice. But painting the river was another story.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson cold press watercolor paper. Artist Masking Fluid was used to make the reeds at the bottom of the painting. I used General's Muti Pastel, Pastel Chalk Pencils to bring out the highlights in the painting.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/07/july-2021-challenge-7-anything-goes.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/07/morgans-artworld-challenge-7.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/07/classic-design-challenge-july-7.html 

Friday, July 2, 2021

Daffodil Watercolor Postcard

 

This painting of a "Daffodil" is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

I used my new light pad to transfer a line drawing to the watercolor paper. The painting is on a 4 x 6" Winsor Newton Watercolor cold press postcard. It was painted using Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors.

I enjoyed work with the limited color palette. It was a challenge!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/06/june-2021-challenge-6-anything-goes.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

Monday, June 28, 2021

Surreal Mountains Watercolor

 

While looking for something new and different to paint, I came across this "Surreal Mountains," tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

I follow the instruction from the artist and used a compass to draw a large circle on my Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. I drew some lines lightly in pencil for the mountains and began the paint using my Winsor Newton Cotman tube paints. I started with the sky (clouds were added into the sky with dabs of a tissue) followed by the mountains in shades of green. The textures were add by crumbled plastic left on the top of the wet paint. I added several birds in shades of dark green and grey. When all was dry I painted vines and leaves coming in from the bottom of the painting.

My adult son liked this painting and said it had an Asian feel. I am very pleased to hear that, I grew up with Asian art and took classes in history and painting!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/06/june-2021-challenge-6-anything-goes.html

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-142.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/06/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

https://cccdigicreations.blogspot.com/2021/06/challenge-126-eileens-anything-goes.html 

Friday, June 25, 2021

Two Chicks in Watercolor


 This mini painting of "Two Chicks" is from a mini tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

I used my light box to transfer a line drawing to the watercolor paper. The painting is on a 4 x 6" Winsor Newton Watercolor cold press watercolor postcard. It was painted using Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors.

I enjoyed playing with the limited color palette and the out of focus background. It was an enjoyable challenge!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/06/june-2021-challenge-6-anything-goes.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/06/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/06/ch-53-agno-twist-winners-of-ch-52-dt.html 

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-142.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Blue Truck in Flagler Beach


 I recently blogged about a monochromatic "Vintage Truck," from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for "Let's Make Art. This painting is of that same truck, now blue. It's parked next to a Mexican Restaurant in Flagler Beach, Florida.

Sometime ago my husband Sandy Brooke took a number of photos of that area, not far from our home. I used one of those shots to design the background in this watercolor painting. 


 I used several techniques I learned in Paul Clark's tutorials to give my work a realistic look. I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold pressed paper. I enhanced the truck with Artists Loft metallic silver watercolor tube paint.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/06/june-2021-challenge-6-anything-goes.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/06/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/06/ch-53-agno-twist-winners-of-ch-52-dt.html 


Friday, June 18, 2021

Prickly Pear Cactus

 
 This painting of  a "Prickly Pear Cactus" is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

I drew this cactus on a 4 x 6" Winsor Newton Watercolor cold press postcard. It was painted using Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors.

I enjoyed blending the colors into the wet areas and showing the lights and darks in this plant. It was an enjoyable challenge!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/06/june-2021-challenge-6-anything-goes.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/06/ch-53-agno-twist-winners-of-ch-52-dt.html 

https://cccdigicreations.blogspot.com/2021/06/challenge-126-eileens-anything-goes.html 


Monday, June 14, 2021

Monochromatic Vintage Truck


 This sepia-toned monochromatic "Vintage Truck," is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

The painting was truly a learning experience, one color to produce a 3D effect by layering values.

I painted this truck using Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/06/june-2021-challenge-6-anything-goes.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/06/morgans-artworld-challenge-6.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/06/classic-design-challenge-june-6.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Little Barn a Line and Wash Painting

This "Little Barn," watercolor painting is from a tutorial by Paul Clark. It's a lesson on line and wash.

I printed the outline given by the artist and transferred the lines to my Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper using my light pad. I went over my lines with black Micron 01 pen. I painted the scene using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes.

 I used a black Sharpie Fine Point Marker to fill in and darken various areas. I enhanced the painting using two General's Pastel Chalk Pencils: a white and a yellow-green.

I loved painting this piece and learning so much from the lesson.

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/06/june-2021-challenge-6-anything-goes.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/06/morgans-artworld-challenge-6.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/06/classic-design-challenge-june-6.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

My Little Boat a Watercolor


 This watercolor painting is from a tutorial by Paul Clark. Well I like the painting, but I knew drawing a boat wasn't going to be easy. I wanted to try that and the seagulls and use my new rigger brush to paint the sea weed. It's done, not too bad!

I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper. I added white General's Pastel Chalk Pencil to enhance some high lights on the painting.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/06/june-2021-challenge-6-anything-goes.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/06/morgans-artworld-challenge-6.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/06/classic-design-challenge-june-6.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 


Friday, May 28, 2021

Painting With an Elegant Writer Pen


 The first time I had ever seen a piece of colorful art work done with a Speedball Elegant Writer was in a tutorial done by Paul Clark. But recently Diann Zimmerman the owner of the group Watercolor - Beginners and Beyond mentioned it. I finally had to try it.

The Elegant Writer Pen has water soluble ink and is simple to use. Sketch and brush with water and greens and some pink show up. Dab with a tissue or paper towel pink shows up.

So I found a lovely tulip on Pintrest and made an outline. I printed the outline on the computer and traced it on to my watercolor paper with my light pad. The fun began with going over my pencil lines with the pen and then brushing them with water and an occasional dab of the tissue. Watercolor paints or other media can be add after the ink dries permanently,

It was so much fun I did another. 

 
Ok your turn!

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html 

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2021/05/creative-moments-challenge-215-anything.html

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-140.html 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Peacock in Watercolor

 

This "Peacock," was painted for a challenge in Paul Clark's watercolor group. I used a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

After printing the lesson's traceable image, I put it on my light box and traced the image using a watercolor pencil, onto Canson watercolor paper (140 lb. cold press).

I painted the "Peacock," using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes. 

If you are in Florida and visiting St. Augustine, stop at the Fountain of Youth. You will see flocks of these lovely birds on the grass and in the trees. 

 My husband Sandy Brooke always takes pictures of the peacocks when we are near the Fountain of Youth.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html 

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2021/05/challenge-50.html# 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Rooster in Watercolor


  This Rooster is from a recent tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

After printing the lesson's traceable image, I put it on my light box and traced the image using a watercolor pencil, onto Canson watercolor paper (140 lb. cold press).

I painted the Rooster using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html 

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2021/05/challenge-50.html# 


Monday, May 17, 2021

The Window a Watercolor


 This lovely watercolor painting is from a Paul Clark tutorial on Windows and Shadows.

I transferred the outline to watercolor paper (Canson 140 lb. cold press) using my light pad. It was painted with Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors and enhanced with a white General's Pastel Chalk Pencil. I used Daniel Smith Artist Masking Fluid over the flowers to keep them bright on the white watercolor paper.

This painting took me 2 days to complete and boy was it worth it. I couldn't wait to show it off! I'm not a beginner, I went back to painting at the start of the pandemic looking for something to keep me busy. I've done numerous tutorials by several artists, but with Paul's I see right away how much better I am now at watercolor than I was then! Thank you so much Paul Clark for sharing your talent as both an artist and wonderful teacher.

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/05/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/05/ch-52-agopt-twist-red-white-blue.html 

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2021/05/creative-moments-challenge-214-anything.html

Friday, May 14, 2021

Spring Sunset Landscape

 This "Spring Sunset" is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. In pencil, I drew in this mountainous scene. I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolors to paint this scene on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I saved the white paper for the flowers with Daniel Smith artist Masking Fluid. I enhanced the sun with Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White.

I really enjoyed what happened when I painted the sky wet on wet and it made it's own clouds!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html

 

Monday, May 10, 2021

Roman Bridge Watercolor

 

 


This "Roman Bridge," painting was done following the instructions in artist Paul Clark's book, "Watercolour Techniques and Tutorials for the Complete Beginner."

The book has wonderful step by step instructions to follow and a good variety of lessons with techniques.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I'm looking for to doing more paintings using this book.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/05/morgans-artworld-challenge-5.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/05/classic-design-challenge-may-2021-5.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html

Friday, May 7, 2021

Three Bumble Bees


I have two paintings of different styles to show you today. Each is of bumble bees. They are included in a tutorial by Paul Clark.

                                                                                 

The first painting is in the loose style with two bees and two flowers. I copied the basic bee form in pencil onto an old sheet of Arches watercolor paper. I wet the penciled in form with clear water and dropped colors into the wet. I brushed the color into their places. I added a puddle of clear water and dropped color into it and formed flower petals with my brush. I followed that up by painting in stems and leaves.

For the second painting I used the template provided, tracing it onto my Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper with my light box. Although much of the artist's instruction was in the wet into wet style, this is a tight illustrated painting.

For both paintings I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors. The second tight illustrated style painting was enhanced using General's Pastel Chalk Pencils.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/05/morgans-artworld-challenge-5.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/05/ch-52-agopt-twist-red-white-blue.html 

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2021/05/challenge-50.html#

 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Pink House


 

 Before the pandemic, my husband and I spent a lot of time just walking around St. Augustine. It's such a beautiful town. Now we hardly leave the house. We are fortunate that our family is nearby and we do spend time with them.

During those walks my husband Sandy took lots and lots of pictures! This painting of a home in St. Augustine is one of those. I changed the photo into a line drawing and placed it on my light box. I traced the drawing onto Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I followed that with a Micron 03 pen over the pencil lines.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes to paint this picture and I enhanced the painting using General's Pastel Chalk Pencils. I used some technique, which I learned by watching artist Paul Clark's tutorials.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/05/classic-design-challenge-may-2021-5.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/05/morgans-artworld-challenge-5.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/05/may-2021-challenge-5-anything-goes.html 

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/05/ch-52-agopt-twist-red-white-blue.html

 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Blue Tit Painting


 This is a "Blue Tit," found in the UK. My painting is from a tutorial by Paul Clark. I transferred the template provided by the artist onto my Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, using my light box.

I painted the  bird using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes. I enhanced the painting using a white General's Pastel Chalk Pencil and a blade to scrape some highlights into the paper for the feathers.

This painting was definitely a challenge, but I am very happy with it!

Challenges: 

https://creativecraftcottage.blogspot.com/2021/04/challenge-139-include-animal.html 

http://unicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/04/challenge-64-include-animal.html 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/04/april-2021-challenge-4-anything-goes.html

https://cccdigicreations.blogspot.com/2021/04/challlenge-124-include-animal.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/05/classic-design-challenge-may-2021-5.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2021/05/challenge-50.html

Monday, April 26, 2021

St. Augstine Inn

 My husband and I used to spend time just walking around St. Augustine. It's such a beautiful town. Of course that was before the pandemic. Now we hardly leave the house. We are fortunate that our family is nearby and we do spend time with them.

During those walks my husband Sandy took lots and lots of pictures! This painting of the St. Augustine Inn is one of those. I used several techniques I learned from tutorials by Paul Clark.

I changed the photo into a line drawing and placed it on my light box. I traced the drawing onto watercolor paper. I followed that with a Micron 03 pen over the pencil lines.

 I painted the drawing with Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes onto Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

Of all the painting I have done in the past year, this is the one I really loved from the beginning.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/04/april-2021-challenge-4-anything-goes.html

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/04/anything-goes-challenge_01595900780.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/04/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

Friday, April 23, 2021

Tenting Today Landscape


 This mini painting Landscape is from a Let's Make Art Matter tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. It was a great mini lesson from June of 2020.

This painting is on a 4x6" Winsor Newton watercolor cold press postcard. I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors.

I've been enjoying the limited color palette and the smaller work space. It's an enjoyable challenge.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/04/april-2021-challenge-4-anything-goes.html

http://getcreativechallenges.blogspot.com/2021/04/ch-100-agno-twist-winners-of-ch-99.html 

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/04/anything-goes-challenge_01595900780.html

Monday, April 19, 2021

Coastal Line and Wash

 Darren Yeo is an artist living in Melbourne, Australia. He is the "Watercolour Mentor" and gives a great variety of tutorials on "Youtube". You can find this artist here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/watercolourbeginners

I instantly fell in love with his style. His coastal buildings on the water attracted me right away. They are the basis for this painting.

I sketched out my version of this image and placed it on my watercolor paper (Canson 140 lb. cold press) using my light box. I went over my lines using a Micron 01 pen and painted this colorful painting using Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolor paints. I enhanced the painting using General's Pastel Chalk Pencils.

Challenges:

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/04/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/04/ch-51-agno-twist-winners-of-ch-50.html 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/04/april-2021-challenge-4-anything-goes.html

http://getcreativechallenges.blogspot.com/2021/04/ch-100-agno-twist-winners-of-ch-99.html 

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/04/anything-goes-challenge_01698080042.html

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Beach Hut Watercolor Painting

 

This "Beach Hut," painting reminds me of the many summer days spent at the beaches in Long Island, New York. It's a tutorial by artist Paul Clark.

I used my light box with the template provided to transfer the line drawing to my Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I really enjoy Clark's tutorials and learn a lot of new techniques in each one. I learned to not only blend my Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes, but also use Pastel Chalk Pencils and a few other tricks to make this painting as realistic as possible.

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/04/april-2021-challenge-4-anything-goes.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/04/classic-design-challenge-5th-birthday.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/04/morgans-artworld-challenge-4.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/04/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Red Squirrel Line and Wash


 This little guy is a Red Squirrel. They used to be numerous in the UK, but are now on the endangered list. I enjoyed painting him following a tutorial by Paul Clark.

I used my light box to transfer the image onto my watercolor paper. I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes. I used a Micron 01 pen and General's Pastel Chalk Pencils for additional details.

This image was really fun and I learned so much doing this tutorial.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/04/april-2021-challenge-4-anything-goes.html

http://unicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/04/challenge-64-include-animal.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/04/morgans-artworld-challenge-4.html

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2021/04/challenge-49.html# 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/04/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/04/classic-design-challenge-5th-birthday.html 

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/04/ch-51-agno-twist-winners-of-ch-50.html

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Perfume Bottle Watercolor




 This perfume bottle is from a recent tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art.

After printing the lesson's traceable image, I put it on my light box and traced the image using a watercolor pencil, onto Canson watercolor paper.

I painted the bottle using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes. I enhanced the image with a gold metallic Gelly Roll pen.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/04/april-2021-challenge-4-anything-goes.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/04/classic-design-challenge-5th-birthday.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/04/morgans-artworld-challenge-4.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/04/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html 


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Under the Sea Watercolor

 


After practicing individual images from various books and tutorial, I designed a painting combining them. The turtle is from Pinterest, the clown fish, treasure chest and coral are from Dana Fox's, "Watercolor With Me, in the Ocean."

I transferred each image onto Arches Watercolor paper with a light box. Before I painted the images I used Daniel Smith Artist Masking Fluid to protect the images from the blue paint.

I painted with Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes.

Challenges:

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/03/anything-goes-challenge_30.html

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-2021-challenge-3-anything-goes.html 

http://craftyanimals.blogspot.com/2021/04/challenge-49.html

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Galaxy Hair a Watercolor Painting

 

This was a fun tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. I traced the outline onto my Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper, using my light box.

This is happens what happens when you use two colors of watercolors and let them bleed together with water and added salt to the mix, watching the blooms start to open. I added the Dr. Ph. Martins Bleed Proof White for the stars! It was fun using a light mix of color for her facial features. It was a fun project although I did go off the rails a bit on my own!

It's was just too much fun, not to try again. This time I used an old piece of Arches watercolor paper. The painting didn't react to the salt, but then I decided to add metallic watercolor dots and lots of watercolor frizzy hair! Isn't she cool?



Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-2021-challenge-3-anything-goes.html

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/03/anything-goes-challenge_23.html 

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/03/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-136.html

http://unicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/03/challenge-63-make-it-feminine.html 

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2021/03/creative-moments-challenge-211-anything.html


Monday, March 22, 2021

Fernandina Beach

 

 It's been a few a years since we visited Fernandina Beach, Florida, on Amelia Island. We enjoy the quaint charm, boutiques for shopping and the lovely beach walking in the Downtown Historic District. There are so many lovely homes and other buildings for my husband Sandy to take pictures of. One of those shots is just perfect for my watercolors.


I used the Rapid Resizer app to make Sandy's photo into a line drawing and then printed it. I traced the lines using the light box to transfer my lines to Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I used a Micron Pen to go over my pencil lines and painted the picture with Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolor paints. The red flowers in the tree was enhanced with General's Pastel Chalk Pencils.

I'm still exploring watercolor painting. The tutorials I've watched by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art and those of artist Paul Clark have increase my confidence working in watercolors.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-2021-challenge-3-anything-goes.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/03/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/03/anything-goes-challenge_16.html

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/03/ch-50-agopt-twist-use-green-winners-of.html 





Wednesday, March 17, 2021

My Gnome is Home!


 I had such fun drawing and painting, this colorful watercolor! I've drawn my own version of gnomes in previous paintings. This musician is also my own hand drawn creation. I was able to give him a lovely home using the free Mushroom House digital image, thanks to DisDigistamps. I love the image, but made it my own, by altering it just a bit.

I used my light box to transfer the line drawings onto the Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper. I painted using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes and used a Micron Pen for additional details. The Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White came in handy for the mushroom dots.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-2021-challenge-3-anything-goes.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/03/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/03/ch-50-agopt-twist-use-green-winners-of.html

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/03/anything-goes-challenge_16.html 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Blue Door


 Here's my attempt to follow a wonderful tutorial by artist Paul Clark, "The Blue Door." With some difficulty I painted on an old piece of Arches watercolor paper, using Winsor Newton Cotman tube paints. My technique has suffered from using this old paper, but I do like it. I will have to try again on different paper, one day.

As usual Clark's instruction is flauless and informational. Being able to stop and rewind or pause the instruction is always a plus.

It may not be my best painting, but I did enjoy painting it and like the old vintage look of the piece.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-2021-challenge-3-anything-goes.html

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/03/ch-50-agopt-twist-use-green-winners-of.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/03/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Jelly Bean Row, Newfoundland

 Jelly Bean Row, is the name of this painting and is in Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada. The town has many streets painted in bright lovely colors. I followed a wonderful tutorial by artist Paul Clark. The style is line and wash. It took most of the day, but so worth while. I have always enjoyed combining watercolors with black line drawings. I was so happy to have found Paul Clark's tutorial. I enjoyed the bright colors and that it was a beach town. I live 7 miles from a beach town!

The artist provided a line drawing which I printed to the size I needed. I used my light box to transfer the drawing onto my Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I went over my pencil outlines with a black Micron Pen. I painted the image with Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes. The white bits were made using a Gelly Roll pen 05.

Clark was very informational and kept instructions easy to follow, resulting in a very satisfying painting. I would be very happy to mat and frame the painting for a place on my wall.

Challenges:

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/03/morgans-artworld-challenge-3.html

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-2021-challenge-3-anything-goes.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/03/classic-design-challenge-for-march-2021.html 

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/03/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge-135.html 

 https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/03/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html


Monday, March 8, 2021

Homage to Grandma


 This vintage sewing machine is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. I was really happy, when she designed this lesson. I have a history of using a similar machine in 7th and 8th grade. Here's my grandmother's sewing machine.

 
When my grandmother was getting married, a salesman came to the door selling sewing machines and my grandfather couldn't resist and bought one. But grandma didn't sew! He never asked, so he didn't know! So it wasn't until my mom came along and learned to sew, that the machine was used. Later, after mom got married and had two daughters, she sewed our wardrobes. My mother made my pink sleeveless dress, which I wore under my high school graduation gown!

While I was in high school that machine came in handy for home economics. In 7th and 8th grade I took my sewing projects home to work on. One year it was a red top and the following year a matching skirt. 

The sewing machine was powered by a mechanism called a treadle, a pedal operated by the sewers two feet, causing a rocking motion. My problem was that no matter how I tried it made the machine go backwards. The seams on my red skirt were all done that way in reverse and no one knew!

This machine was painted with Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors on Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper. I used a gold Gellyroll metallic pen for the decorations on the machine. 

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/03/march-2021-challenge-3-anything-goes.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/03/classic-design-challenge-for-march-2021.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/03/morgans-artworld-challenge-3.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/02/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html