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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


Friday, March 5, 2021

Freddy Frog Among the Flowers


Here's Adorable Frog Freddy in a watercolor painting tutorial with Cinnamon Cooney, The Art Sherpa. This was a Step by Step Lesson, but I did take a number of liberties as I painted my own version.

The variety of bright colors were a pleasure to paint. I loved the color blending from red to orange! Cinnamon discussed each technique used in the painting and offered many timely suggestions for painters.

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


Monday, March 1, 2021

My Collections

I'm in a Watercolor Painting Group online, which challenges members each week with a different theme. For my challenge theme "My Collection," I chose to illustrate my doll and paper doll collections. In the past I collected dolls and designed cloths for them, learning to improve my sewing skills. My paper doll collecting includes designing my own paper doll books, which I hope to see my granddaughter playing with one day in the near future.


You can check one of my paper doll Books out at:

I used both Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes and Faber-Castell watercolor pencils for my painting and add detail with a Micron 03 pen.