Monday, October 18, 2021

Raging Rooster Metallic Watercolor

                                                                         
 Meet the "Raging Rooster" from a tutorial by The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney. He was a lot of fun to paint with my Master's Touch, metallic watercolors. I transferred the outline provided onto my black watercolor paper (Stonehenge cold press 140 lb.) using Saral Transfer Paper.

I made a few changes to the original design, to make it work for me. I drew these using a white watercolor pencil...the water used in painting the picture easily dissolved the watercolor pencil.

I enhanced the painting using both Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White and a white Posca pen for th line details.

I had fun painting this rooster and making it mine.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/10/october-2021-challenge-11-anything-goes.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/10/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/2021/10/challenge-10challenge-10-october-2021.html

https://ikesworldchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2021/10/ikesworld-challenges-149-anything.html 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Poppies and Pods Line and Wash


 This painting is maybe number 5 or 6 in the poppy collection. This isn't a tutorial, it's my drawing from a lot of what I have learned from Paul Clark and Sarah Cray. The idea came from a watercolor coloring pad.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors on Canson cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper. For the line, I used a Micron 01 pen.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/10/october-2021-challenge-11-anything-goes.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/10/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/10/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/10/new-challenge_0449184397.html 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Manarola Village Loose Line and Wash


 As much as I enjoy bright colors and ocean landscapes, I could not say the same about my own work on this painting. Although I am pleased with the finished piece, I found this very challenging.

This is a loose style watercolor of Manarola Village from a tutorial by The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney. I did change the sky in the painting to a cloudy blue.

I transferred the outline using my light pad to the watercolor paper. I went over my pencil lines with Micron Pens (03 and 05).

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I also enhanced the areas around the banks with Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White.

Challenge: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/10/october-2021-challenge-11-anything-goes.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/10/morgans-artworld-challenge-10.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/10/classic-design-challenge-october-10.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/10/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Metallic Cactus Watercolor


 Since I painted that first metallic swan, I have been addicted to painting with the Master's Touch Metallic Semi-Moist Color Cake set of watercolors! 

Having painted several florals, it was time for a change. Here's my latest, an abstract cactus! It was great fun. I began working on this painting by sketching the image with a white watercolor pencil. I enhanced the flowers using a Micron 01 pen. The piece was painted on Stonehenge watercolor cold press black paper.

This was really fun. You will have to try it out!

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/10/october-2021-challenge-11-anything-goes.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/10/morgans-artworld-challenge-10.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/10/classic-design-challenge-october-10.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/10/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 


Monday, October 4, 2021

Peacock #3 Watercolor


 I couldn't wait to paint this Peacock from a tutorial by Paul Clark. It's number three in my collection!

I  transferred the available outline onto my Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, using my light pad. I used Winsor Newton Cotman Tube watercolors to paint this lovely bird. 

I enhanced the painting with splatters of white gouache and some lines with an orange Pastel Chalk Pencil.

Challenge:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/10/october-2021-challenge-11-anything-goes.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/10/morgans-artworld-challenge-10.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/10/classic-design-challenge-october-10.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/10/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 



Monday, September 27, 2021

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Styling Sewing Greeting Card

 

I created this card after being inspired by a recent video by the Frugal Crafter, Lindsay Weirich. She designed a lovely fashionable card for her daughter, while discussing how helpful it would be, for a crafter to find her style. Maybe my style is also fashion, I do enjoy sewing. I'm kind of into painting currently though!

In the meantime, I've been looking through supplies, papers and left over bits to craft another card. I found a beautifully dressed Camille, a Julie Nutting Doll stamp, who has had a facelift now with sunglass. I also have a package of scrapbooking paper designs by Authentique, titled "Stitches." These along with a few bits and pieces worked nicely into my own lovely fashionable card. I made a large card from one piece of white card stock folded in half and adhered all the various pieces and the doll on top.

Challenges:

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/challenge-66-tracis-recipe-challenge.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/09/september-2021-challenge-9-patterned.html

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/09/new-challenge_01104631376.html 

Friday, September 24, 2021

Hobbit House #2

 

I had so much fun working on my first Hobbit Home, that I decided to work on the easier tutorial by The Art Sherpa, Cinnomon Cooney. The circular area of the Hobbit House is from the tutorial and the rest were ideas from my last Hobbit House and from Pintrest.

There is an outline, which I transferred to my watercolor paper (Canson 140 lb. cold press). I painted this piece with Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors and details, enhanced it using a white Posca Pen and a 01 Micron Pen.

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/09/september-2021-challenge-9-school-daze.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/world-wide-open-design-team-challgne-09.html

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2021/09/creative-moments-challenge-223-anything.html 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

All That Jazz, greeting card


 So this morning I wanted to take another break from my watercolor painting. I decided it would be good to use some supplies I have and even make use of a favorite memorydex card, which I made last year.

Here's what I used:

For the memorydex card I cut a couple of card to adhere the design too from card stock. I cut another from Graphic 45, Curtain Call (retired). The paper is All That Jazz. The girl dancer and sentiment are stamps from C. C. Designs (20s Gals). She is colored using Copic Markers.

I adhered the card to 2 pieces of striped paper from a DCWV paper stack called Lady Couture Stack, which might not be available at this time.

I stacked the assorted papers and adhered them to a square white blank value pack card.

It was fun to work on using what I had made in the past and making it new again!

Challenges:

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/09/september-2021-challenge-9-patterned.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/09/ch-56-agopt-twist-use-fall-colors.html

Monday, September 20, 2021

A Lovely Hobbit Home Watercolor

 Looking for something fun and new, I found this tutorial by The Art Sherpa, Cinnomon Cooney. A Lovely Hobbit Home has fun techniques to learn and a cute image to work on. As always there is an outline, which I transferred to my watercolor paper (Canson 140 lb. cold press). I painted this piece with Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors and details, enhanced it using a white Posca Pen and a 01 Micron Pen.

This was fun to work on and I learned some good techniques to use in the future.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/09/september-2021-challenge-9-school-daze.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/world-wide-open-design-team-challgne-09.html

http://craftysentiments.blogspot.com/2021/09/new-challenge.html 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021

Pearlescent Watercolor Peacock


 As soon as I finished a Pearlescent Feather, I knew right away, I had to do the Peacock on the same Stonehenge cold press black watercolor paper, with the same Fine-Tec Pearlescent Watercolors. I used the Peacock tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make art. It came out spectacular!


 

 I was looking for something new and different to paint using my Fine-Tec Pearlescent watercolors. I came across the Frugal Crafter, Lindsay Weirich's Metallic watercolor tutorial using black watercolor paper. It's a fun and easy Peacock Feather tutorial. Many different mediums can be used to complete this project. Instead of the metallic watercolor that Lindsay used, I substituted my Pearlescent set. It was fun and in this way I saw how these beautiful paints look on the Stonehenge cold press black watercolor papers. They look fabulous and helped me to decide on the very next project for my Pearlescent paints.

I love playing with these lovely paint sets and can't wait to try another painting.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/p/top-rockers-august-29th-sept-3rd-entry.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/09/morgans-artworld-challenge-9.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/classic-design-challenge-september-9.html 

Friday, September 10, 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/2021/09/september-2021-challenge-9-school-daze.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/09/morgans-artworld-challenge-9.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/classic-design-challenge-september-9.html 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Marci's Summer Dress Card

                                                
 Today I'm taking a slight break from my watercolor painting. Summer is leaving most of the USA, but this is a digital image, that I really love. She is Summer Dress Marci, a digi stamp from La La Land Crafts.

I printed this little beauty on X-press It Blending Card and colored her using Copic Markers. Her headband and summer dress are pieced. I cut out the image several times and printed the stamp on Autherntigue "Stitches" scrapbook paper. The pieces were cut individually and adhered to the image.

I printed the sentiment on card stock and cut it with an embossing die.

I layered two pieces of different colored card stock on to a blank white Value Pack card from Recollections. I adhered the cut out image to the top of the card,

Challenges:

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/09/september-2021-challenge-9-patterned.html

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/challenge-66-tracis-recipe-challenge.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html

http://angiesdigitalstamps.blogspot.com/2021/09/ch-56-agopt-twist-use-fall-colors.html 



Monday, September 6, 2021

Covered Bridge Watercolor


This Covered Bridge tutorial by Paul Clark was such a challenge. I worked on it most of the day and I'm pretty happy with the finished piece.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors on Canson cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper. I enhanced the painting with a couple of General's Pastel Chalk Pencils.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/09/september-2021-challenge-9-school-daze.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/09/morgans-artworld-challenge-9.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/09/classic-design-challenge-september-9.html 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Mermaide's Tail Watercolor


 I've been wanting to do more projects on black watercolor paper, but I needed to find a good way to transfer drawings on to it. I finally found away "Saral" transfer paper!

It's very easy to use. You put the paper color side down onto the black watercolor paper. Place the drawing on top of the transfer paper. Use a pencil over the outline of the drawing, apply pressure to get the line as dark as needed.

This painting is from a tutorial by Cinnamon Cooney, the Art Sherpa. I'm terribly excited to show it off. It was such fun to paint with my Fine-Tec pearlescent paints and my Master's Touch metallic paints. Both sets of watercolors work so well on Stonehenge 140 lb cold press black paper.

Thank you Cinnamon Cooney for a wonderful tutorial!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-whats-your.html 

http://unicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/08/challenge-68-anything-goes.html

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2021/08/creative-moments-challenge-221-anything.html 


Sunday, August 22, 2021

Autumn Sunset


 I'm not a spontaneous person. Planning is my thing, but after seeing wonderful works by others following this tutorial, I had to give it a try. This "Autumn Woodland" tutorial is by Paul Clark and for this lesson, there was no outline! It was just kind of follow the leader!

This woodsy sunset was painted using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140lb. cold press watercolor paper. The painting was enhanced with a bit of table salt and the General's Pastel Chalk Pencils, and a bit of scratching with a craft blade helped the water shine.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-whats-your.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/08/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/08/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html

Friday, August 20, 2021

Landscape with Bridge Watercolor

This watercolor painting is from a tutorial by Paul Clark. It was meant to be a lesson on landscapes with pastels. I decided to limit the addition of pastels to just small parts with  pastel chalk pencils.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman Watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb watercolor paper. I enhanced the painting with General's Multi Pastel Chalk Pencils and some scratching with a craft blade to add white gleam to the water.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-anything-goes.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-whats-your.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/08/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/08/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge.html 

 


Monday, August 16, 2021

Poppy Seedpods (Part 2)

 

This the second lesson of the Poppy tutorial from Paul Clark. This style of watercolor painting is Line and Wash. Paul went over the outlines (comes free with the free tutorials) using India Ink and a sharpened stick. Having no India Ink, I used three different Micron Pens to go over the outline of these seedpods. I painted them using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper.

I enhanced the pods using a white General's Pastel Chalk Pencil and salt to bring out the background texture.

I knew right away this would be my style of painting...It's Line and Wash!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-whats-your.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/08/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

http://abitmoretimetocraft.blogspot.com/2021/08/a-bit-more-time-to-craft-challenge.html 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Scottish Croft Watercolor Painting


 I love my latest painting from a tutorial by Paul Clark. It's called "Scottish Croft." I looked up the meaning of croft, so here in the USA we would be calling it a farm! Either way it's nice next to a lake!

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, Micron 01 pen and a bit of scratching with a craft blade for shine on the lake.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-whats-your.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/08/morgans-artworld-challenge-8.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/08/classic-design-challenge-august-8.html 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Red Door, St. Augustine, Florida


 A challenge offered in a watercolor group was to paint double doors. Well, I didn't have an idea for traditional double doors. But I have been wanting to paint this iconic red gate attached to a home built in 1898. The red door opens at both the bottom and the top! At 16 Bridge Street, St. Augustine, Florida it has to be the most photographed door in St. Augustine. It is attached to The Countess Guest House.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes to paint this door. I enhanced this work using a bit of Master's Touch metallic watercolors and a Micron 01 pen.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-whats-your.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/08/morgans-artworld-challenge-8.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/08/classic-design-challenge-august-8.html 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Loose Poppies (Part 1)


 This is the first of two lessons from a tutorial by Paul Clark.

Clean water was first applied to the watercolor paper (Canson 140 lb. cold press), where a bit of an outline had already been drawn. I added in some loose brush strokes, lots of splatter, salt and the white General's Pastel Chalk Pencils and then there was almost a painting. It wasn't much of a picture until I add some detail with leaves and helped the buds. I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes for the painting.

I really love it!

Challenges:

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-whats-your.html

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2021/08/august-2021-challenge-8-anything-goes.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2021/08/morgans-artworld-challenge-8.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/08/classic-design-challenge-august-8.html 

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 

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#