Wednesday, May 18, 2022

That's Entertainment an Art Journal Page


 The plan was to use my feather stencil and use a picture on Pinterest as a reference, but it didn't work out. So I made some changes and added a few stickers I had in my stash. It's painted with acrylics.

I'm very happy with how it turned out and that I finally got to use those great stickers in my stash!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/05/202205-may-2022-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-052022-anything-goes.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-13-mixed-media-lovers.html

http://ttcrd.blogspot.com/2022/05/anything-goes-challenge-may-10th-2022.html 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Parrot Line and Wash

 Here's my Parrot Line and Wash from a tutorial by Paul Clark. It was fun and an opportunity to experiment with wet-in-wet. You had to put down the color quickly and in doing so I lost a bit of the yellow.

This bird is painted on Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper, using Winsor Newton Cotman tubes. The Bombay black India Ink was applied first  with a dip pen. Salt and a white chalk pencil enhanced the painting.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/05/202205-may-2022-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-052022-anything-goes.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/05/classic-design-challenge-may-5.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2022/05/morgans-artworld-challenge-5.html 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Tinkerbell in Mixed Media

 

I'd like to introduce you to Tinkerbelle a Mixed Media painting from a tutorial by Tamara Laporte.

I used Jane Davenport watercolors on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper. The other supplies I used included a bit of white acrylic paint, Caran d'ache water-soluble crayons, Posca Pens and Micron Pens.

I really enjoyed working on this painting of Tinkerbell!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/05/202205-may-2022-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-052022-anything-goes.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-13-mixed-media-lovers.html

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-183-ag-tag-youre-it.html 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Dream in Color


 These pages were inspired by a tutorial by Erin Duncan, who demonstrated using Caran D'ache Neo Color II water soluble crayons.

Since I really enjoy working with these crayons, when I saw this tutorial, I couldn't wait to get my art journal out to give it a try.

Steps:

1) Cover the two page spread with watered down white gesso and let dry.

2) Cut out floral prints and adhere them front and back using acrylic matte medium.

3) Draw girl with long flowing hair.

4) Color around items on pages with the crayon slightly touching colors.

5) Sponge brush the page with water activating the colors and let dry.

6) Use crayons to color girl and activate them, let dry.

7) Additional colors to background and some white gesso. Let dry.

8) Fill in details of the girl using Posca Pens.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/05/202205-may-2022-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-052022-anything-goes.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-13-mixed-media-lovers.html

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-183-ag-tag-youre-it.html 

Friday, May 6, 2022

What Makes Me Happy, an Art Journal Page

 

This opening page in my new Art Journal was inspired by artist Jesse Peterson.

Here are my steps:

1) Spread watered down gesso on the page and let dry.

2) Water down 3 colors of acrylic paint.

3) Paint the colors across the page in 3 stripes and let dry.

4) Pick my photo, print it and cut around it.

5) Adhere the photo to center bottom of painted stripes.

6) Use Posca Pens to decorate around photo with dots.

7) Use Micron Pen to write things that make me happy around my photo.

I love this page as the opening to my new Art Journal and look forward to more ideas to do in this great book!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/05/202205-may-2022-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-052022-anything-goes.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-13-mixed-media-lovers.html

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-183-ag-tag-youre-it.html 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Wild Beautiful and Free

 

This is the inside cover of my my Dylusions Creative Journal. I picked out two photos of my granddaughter wearing a sundress, which I designed. 

Here are my steps:

1) Paint watered down gesso on the page and let dry.

2) Print saying found on Pinterest and use a scallop die to cut it out on my Cuddlebug Machine.

3) Paint the page using three watered down colors of acrylic paint and let dry.

4) Cut around the two baby pictures and adhere them and the saying in place.

My husband Sandy suggested the theme of this page and I love it!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/05/202205-may-2022-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-052022-anything-goes.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/05/classic-design-challenge-may-5.html 

http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.com/2022/05/181-joy-clair-designs.html 

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Tiger in Watercolor

 

This Tiger is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. It makes a nice addition to my watercolor painting wild animal collection. I transferred the available outline to my Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper using a light pad.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes to paint this Tiger.

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/05/202205-may-2022-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/05/classic-design-challenge-may-5.html 

http://lilpatchofcraftyfriends.blogspot.com/2022/05/181-joy-clair-designs.html

https://mirtillamente-challenge.blogspot.com/2022/05/mirtillamente-challenge-9-may-2022.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/05/challenge-052022-anything-goes.html

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Dylusions Creative Journal

 



I recently bought the large Dylusions Creative Journal. I decided to try to fill it with my work outside of the many paintings I've been doing. I want to fill in the down time between my paintings with new art.                                                                               

The first thing I did was cover the brown paper cover with white gesso and when it was almost dry, I covered the gesso with Prussian Blue Caran D'ache water-soluble crayon. I used a damp sponge brush to spread the activated crayon throughout the journal cover. It seems the dark colored crayon mixed with the gesso changing the color to a lovely shade of light blue! It really is so nice that the book can lay flat to work on the cover and also on the pages inside!

I cut white words on my Cricut Craft Machine. I ran the letters thru my Create-A-Sticker machine to apply adhesive to the back of the words and adhered them to the journal once it was dry. 

I used a stencil to trace the stars on my journal cover and back filling them in white with a Posca Pen.

I look forward to displaying future work done in this new journal.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/04/202204-april-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-042022-april-2022.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/04/reminderpost-challenge-12.html

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-182-ag-beautiful-butterflies.html 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Seascape with People

 

This seascape was a bit harder to work on, but eventually it worked well. It's from a tutorial by Paul Clark. I had a problem with the tree, but after awhile I worked on it, doing some additional fullness and some more color.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on an Arches 140 lb. watercolor cold press block. I used Holbein Artists white gouache for the highlights on the folks enjoying their afternoon.

I enjoyed the challenge of this painting and will be working on many more.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/04/202204-april-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-042022-april-2022.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2022/04/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Rainbow Cheetah in Watercolor


I just had to paint this Cheetah (maybe a leopard). Someone wasn't sure which animal it is, but I just wanted to paint it! I wanted to do it as a challenge to my ability and my husband wanted it framed and on the wall with my zebra! Besides who doesn't love rainbows! 

This is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. This colorful animal is painted on Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper, using Winsor newton Cotman tube watercolor paints.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/04/202204-april-2022-anything-goes.html

 https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-042022-april-2022.html

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-72-no-cards-allowed-anything.html# 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2022/04/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html
 

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Rainbow Bunny Watercolor

 

It's bunny season and this Rainbow Bunny from a tutorial by The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney is just perfect. This cute theme invites the blending of colors into a fun piece.

I used Jane Davenport watercolors on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

This was such a fun painting to watch how the colors mix, blend and lighten as the painting dries.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/04/202204-april-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-042022-april-2022.html 

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-72-no-cards-allowed-anything.html#

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-233-things-with-wings.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2022/04/a-perfect-time-to-craft-open-challenge.html

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Blue Butterfly Postcard

 This painting of "Blue Butterfly" is from a 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 postcard. It was painted using Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors. I used Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White for the bit of details and the many dots. I placed the dots using an embossing stylist.

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

I got a new set of postcards to paint as a gift and since I like this butterfly design, I painted it again.


 

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/04/202204-april-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-042022-april-2022.html 

https://mirtillamente-challenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/mirtillamente-challenge-8-april-2022.html

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-72-no-cards-allowed-anything.html 

http://unicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-75-include-animal.html

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Northern Lights a Watercolor

 


This painting of the Northern Lights is from a set of Evening Sky tutorials by Paul Clark. I was sure this painting was not going to work out for me and find its way into the circular file. Surprise it worked well!

I painted this piece with Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes, on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I used Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White for the stars.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/04/202204-april-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-042022-april-2022.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2022/04/morgans-artworld-challenge-4.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/classic-design-challenge-6th-birthday.html 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Mama Bear Watercolor

 

After doing a couple of Goldilocks and Three Bears in mixed media, I came across this Mama Bear tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. It's a watercolor lesson showing how to mix colors. You can come up with different tones of a color by what you add to it. The warm tones of the brown bear show hints of yellow and orange.

I used my light pad to transfer the outline provided, onto to Canson 140 lb. cold press paper and painted this delightful bear using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/04/202204-april-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-042022-april-2022.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2022/04/morgans-artworld-challenge-4.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/classic-design-challenge-6th-birthday.html 

https://mirtillamente-challenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/mirtillamente-challenge-8-april-2022.html

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Spanish Arch/Rocky Cliffs

 

I looked forward to working on this Spanish Arch with some trepidation. This rocky seascape is from a tutorial by Paul Clark. I was fine following Clark's instructions until I got to the bottom of the painting and couldn't find a way to work around the rocks and water. Luckily my husband Sandy knew exactly what to suggest! I told him he saved my work!

Throughout the work, I got to use some interesting techniques including the use of cling wrap on the rocky cliffs and the white crayon (didn't have a white candle handy) to save the white of the paper. I also used Pebeo Drawing Gum to save some of the white of the paper. I painted with Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors on an Arches 140 lb. cold press block.

I'm extremely pleased with the finished painting and look forward to more of Paul Clark's excellent tutorials.

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/04/202204-april-2022-anything-goes.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2022/04/morgans-artworld-challenge-4.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/classic-design-challenge-6th-birthday.html

https://mirtillamente-challenge.blogspot.com/2022/04/mirtillamente-challenge-8-april-2022.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/04/challenge-042022-april-2022.html


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Rabbit in Watercolor

 

This rabbit is getting ready for a sweet season! It's from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. I used Jane Davenport watercolors and enhanced the painting with Dr. Ph. Martin Bleed Proof White. The painting is on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/03/202203-march-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-032022-march-2022-anything.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/03/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

https://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.com/2022/03/creative-moments-challenge-232-for.html 

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Expressive Watercolor Portrait

 

This young lady is an Expressive Watercolor Portrait from a tutorial by Tamara Laporte. It was in a special event on line, "The Sketchbook Revival."

I began this portrait using Jane Davenport's "Matchmaker Set, Matte Finish acrylic Paint." I followed that up using Jane's watercolor sets, Posca and Microne Pens and some Prismacolor pencils. I painted on Canson 140 lb cold press watercolor paper.

I love the way this portrait looks, I'm so happy that I took a lot of liberties with the supplies and my drawing. I've been learning a lot from Tamara Laporte!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/03/202203-march-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-032022-march-2022-anything.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-11-mixed-media-lovers.html

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/03/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2022/03/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Poppy Field Watercolor

 

There were several steps to painting this Poppy Field from a Paul Clark tutorial. I enjoyed the bright red color. It's another piece to add to my poppy collection.

I drew this painting on Canson cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper and painted this bright flowers piece using Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/03/202203-march-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-032022-march-2022-anything.html 

https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/03/121-march-anything-goes-always.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2022/03/morgans-artworld-challenge-3.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/03/classic-design-challenge-march-3.html

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Rapunzel in Mixed Media

 

My mixed media work seems to be evolving. Rapunzel is a bonus on Tamara Leporte's website, mentioned in her book "Ever After."

Of course I used the usual stash of Jane Davenport watercolors as well as Winsor Newton Cotman tubes, but I ordered and tried something different for Rapunzel's skin tone. Rapunzel's skin tone was done with Jane Davenport's Matchmaker Set of matte finish acrylic paint. It was easy to blend the small amount needed for the painting. I added a tiny dab of pink watercolor for her cheek over the top and it was just right!

I used the Posca Pens, Microns and Tombow Markers making use of lots of my stash of supplies!

I'm really happy with this latest painting, it looks so magical!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/03/202203-march-2022-anything-goes.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-032022-march-2022-anything.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-11-mixed-media-lovers.html 

https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/03/121-march-anything-goes-always.html 

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-181-ag-purple-and-green.html 


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Belle in Mixed Media

 

After working on Tamara Laporte's book "Ever After." I noticed she had an offer to download several other free tutorials from her site online. This painting of "Belle" is one of those.

I usually have a hard time with skin tone. This is my second try painting "Belle". I really like light tones, but they do not photograph well. So I would enhance the work and go darker, I truly hated the dark outcome. Then I destroyed the painting by trying to fix it. I tossed it and decided to try again.

This time I tried to follow Tamara's technique more closely. I layered the skin tones and  took a light pink from a flower, I had already painted with Tombow Markers, for the cheeks. It was just enough to blend with my skin tone. The enhanced tones of the layers helped it to blend in. It's harder to cover the area with watercolor and Carandache water-soluble crayon, but it is a more natural look.

Of course I used my stash of supplies to paint this lady on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I really enjoyed working and learning as I painted this little lady!

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/03/202203-march-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-032022-march-2022-anything.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-11-mixed-media-lovers.html

https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/03/121-march-anything-goes-always.html 


Sunday, March 13, 2022

Steps in Line (Pencil) and Wash


 This piece is from a tutorial by Paul Clark, who provided the outline drawing. Unlike regular line and wash paintings done in ink and watercolor, this one is pencil and watercolor. I used graphite paper to place the outline onto an Arches 8x10 140 lb. cold press watercolor block. Instead of going over my lines with ink or black marker, I used a number 2 pencil!

I painted this piece with Winsor Newton Cotman tube watercolors and added some brightness with Holbein artist white gouache.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/03/202203-march-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-032022-march-2022-anything.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2022/03/morgans-artworld-challenge-3.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/03/classic-design-challenge-march-3.html 

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Goldie and the Three Compssionate Bears Mixed Media


 I love working on the fairy tale images in mixed media using the tutorials by Tamara Laporte. This is the second Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but this was a tutorial I bought from this artist's website (Willowing.org). It was so worth it and besides there was a special going on at the time!

I used a wide variety of mediums from watercolors and water-soluble crayons to markers and pens. This lovely girl and her friends were painted on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.

I'll be looking for my tutorials by Tamara Laporte, they are such great fun to work on! 

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/03/202203-march-2022-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-032022-march-2022-anything.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-11-mixed-media-lovers.html

https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/03/121-march-anything-goes-always.html 




Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Cats Meow


Before our granddaughter was born I made her several dresses. Being the fashionesta that she is, they just weren't her style. To get her to even try them on has been an ordeal. I wanted her to at least let me have a picture of her in the pink dress. Of course it wasn't the right pink for this four year old, but she said if I promised to make something with kitties, she would and did pose, if grudgingly!

                        

 

So with that I made a trip to Hobby Lobby, found kitty fabric and a pattern for 4 cute skirts (New Look #6258) . Later, online I found a scrunchie and a headband to make from the fabric scraps, to match the skirt.

 

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/03/202203-march-2022-anything-goes.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2022/03/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-032022-march-2022-anything.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2022/03/morgans-artworld-challenge-3.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/03/classic-design-challenge-march-3.html

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-181-ag-purple-and-green.html 

 

 






Sunday, March 6, 2022

Abstract Watercolors


I really enjoyed working on these two Abstract Watercolors. It was great watching the lovely and bright Jane Davenport watercolors blend moving on the wet Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper! The black details were done with a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen and I enhanced the beauty of these works with a small sea sponge.

These pieces were from a tutorial by The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney.

Challenges:

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2022/03/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/2022/03/crafty-catz-585-cas.html 

https://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-226.html 

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-181-ag-purple-and-green.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/03/challenge-032022-march-2022-anything.html 


 

Friday, March 4, 2022

Sunflower Watercolor


 

Today, I painted the Sunflower from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. It's the Ukraine flower for hope as it lifts its head up to catch the sun.
I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper.
 I'm joining with the world wishing this unnecessary war would stop!
 
Challenges:

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Raccoon Mixed Media


 This Raccoon is from a lovely tutorial by Tamara Laporte on Utube. As soon as I saw this wonderful fella, I knew I had to try and make it my own. Tamara inspired me with her fast and loose style. The colors she used are so magical!

I painted this guy on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, with Jane Davenport Watercolor and used Holbein Art's Guache for the whites. The details were done in Posca Pens.

What a joy this fella was to paint and I look forward to more of these multicolored animals from Tamara Laporte!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/02/202202-february-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-202202-february-2022-anything.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-10-mixed-media-maatjes.html

https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/02/120-february-anything-goes-always.html 

Friday, February 25, 2022

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Mixed Media

 

Starry, starry night

Paint your palette blue and gray,

Look out on a summer's day,

(Van Gogh's vantage point looking out from an asylum at Saint-Remy.)

This was a top hit back in the day, for Don McLean! In this version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the bears are Goldilocks' benevolent protectors or guardian angel and not the angry bears in today's fairy tales.

This is another fairy tale in Tamara Laporte's book "Ever After." I love working in this mix media artistic style.

I used a variety of mediums to paint this picture. I painted on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes and Caran d'ache water soluble crayons as well as several permanent waterproof pens and watercolor markers.

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/02/202202-february-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-202202-february-2022-anything.html 

https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/02/120-february-anything-goes-always.html

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-180-ag-from-heart.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/02/reminder-challenge-10-mixed-media-lovers.html

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Dozing Fox Postcard

 


This Dozing Fox is from a tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art. It makes a nice addition to my watercolor post card collection. I transferred the available outline to my watercolor postcard using a light pad.

I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes to paint this cute little fox.

Challenges: 

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/02/202202-february-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-202202-february-2022-anything.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/02/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-70-anything-goes.html# 


Sunday, February 20, 2022

Neurographic Art


 Just looking for some new art adventures and I found, Neurographic Art a meditative art form. It's relaxing to create and a beautiful process. The process is based on a psychological method created by Russian psychologist Pavel Riskarev in 2014. It's a way to transform the fear and chaos of the world into something more calming and peaceful.

I used a Sharpie Marker and drew loopy lines on watercolor paper. The lines begin and end on the edge of the paper. Keep adding lines to fill the page. I chose a circle shape to layer over the design. It's best to choose one simple geometric shape and use the shape several times. I added more lines to fill the spaces. I curved out the intersecting lines. I integrated the lines and shapes by rounding out any place where two lines met or intersected, drawing connecting curves or circles. The lines can have various thickness. I painted in the sections using several colors (Winsor Newton Cotman watercolors). More than three colors works best.

I really enjoyed this and might want to make a few more.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/02/202202-february-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-202202-february-2022-anything.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/02/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-70-anything-goes.html# 

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Blue Tit on Berry Branch


 I like the chance to paint birds from the wonderful tutorials provided by generous artists online! This is a Blue Tit Bird on Berry Branch from a tutorial by The Art Sherpa, Cinnamon Cooney. This painting is an anniversary gift for my husband Sandy, who enjoys looking at birds and learning about them. This bird can be found in Europe.

I painted this beauty with Winsor Newton Cotmen watercolor tubes on a Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolor block.

Happy Anniversary, Sandy!

Challenge:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/02/202202-february-anything-goes-woptional.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-202202-february-2022-anything.html 

https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/02/world-wide-open-design-team-challenge.html 

http://pearlysparkleschallenge.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-70-anything-goes.html 



Sunday, February 13, 2022

Sleeping Beauty in Mixed Media

 

Here's another in a series of fairy tales paintings in mixed media using Tamara Laporte's book "Ever After." I look forward to doing more of this style of painting. I haven't done the lessons by the other artist included in the book yet.

 I used a wide variety of mediums to paint this drawing on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes and Caran d'ache water soluble crayons as well as several permanent waterproof pens and watercolor markers.

I really enjoy working on these fairy tales! 

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/02/202202-february-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-202202-february-2022-anything.html 

https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/02/120-february-anything-goes-always.html

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-180-ag-from-heart.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/02/classic-design-challenge-for-february-2.html


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

La Gomera, Canary Islands Watercolor


 Artist Paul Clark gave classes for two weeks in January, on the Canary Islands. When he returned home he gave this wonderful tutorial to his classes online.

I painted this lovely subject on Arches 140 lb. watercolor block, using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes. The piece was enhanced with Generals Pastel Chalk Pencils and Soft Pastels.

Boy those students of Paul Clark were so luck to get to go on such a great trip. I'm glad he still continues to teach, sharing his talent online.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/02/202202-february-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-202202-february-2022-anything.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2022/02/morgans-artworld-challenge-2.html

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/02/classic-design-challenge-for-february-2.html 

https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/02/120-february-anything-goes-always.html

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-180-ag-from-heart.html 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Goose Girl in Mixed Media

 This is the third in a series of fairy tale paintings in mixed media using Tamara Laporte's book "Ever After." I enjoy painting Tamara Laporte's lessons very much. There are other lessons in the book by other artists, but I haven't tried them yet.

I used a wide variety of mediums to paint this drawing on Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I used Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes and Caran d'ache water soluble crayons as well as several permanent waterproof pens and watercolor markers.

I really enjoyed working on this piece and look forward to painting more fairy tales! 

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/02/202202-february-anything-goes-woptional.html

https://thefairyandtheunicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/02/february-2022-challenge.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-10-mixed-media-maatjes.html

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2022/02/morgans-artworld-challenge-2.html 

https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/02/classic-design-challenge-for-february-2.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/02/challenge-202202-february-2022-anything.html 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Zebra in Watercolor


 When I began to paint this Zebra, I wasn't sure I would get through to the end. The stripes made it hard to keep my place in the painting. This tutorial by Sarah Cray for Let's Make Art, was a challenge!

I transferred the outline of the Zebra onto my Canson 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper,  using my light pad. I painted this animal using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor tubes.

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-202201-january-anything-goes.html 

 https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-012022-january-anything-goes.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2022/01/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://craftinghappinesschallenges.blogspot.com/2022/01/119-january-anything-goes.html 

https://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-179-ag-something-new.html 

https://morgansartworld.blogspot.com/2022/01/morgans-artworld-challenge-1.html 


Sunday, January 23, 2022

Alice in Mixed Media

 

This is my second mixed media piece taken from "Ever After, by Tamara Laporte. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," is the third lesson in this fabulous book. I so loved working on this painting!

 I used a wide variety of media on Canson 140lb. cold press watercolor paper. I used Jane Davenport watercolors, Prismacolor pencils, Albrechr Durer watercolor pencils, Caran D'ache watercolor crayons, Micron Pen, Posca Pen and a Faber-Castell Pitt artist Pen as well as Tombow Marker.

I am so pleased with this finished work and look forward to working on another lesson in this wonderful book!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-202201-january-anything-goes.html

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-012022-january-anything-goes.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-9-bij-mixed-media-lovers.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2022/01/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

https://thefairyandtheunicornchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/01/january-2022-challenge.html

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Little Red Riding Hood Mixed Media

 I just got a book by Tamara Laporte, "Ever After." It has lessons in mixed media by several artists, each depicting a fairy tale. I painted "Little red Riding Hood," by the author and you can see the artist changed the tale to love. This digital photograph doesn't show the true intensity of the great colors!

This is the second time I used my Arches watercolor block and I loved it! I used a variety of media and enjoyed every minute painting this piece!

I used Jane Davenport watercolors, Caran D'ache watercolor crayons, Micron Pen, Posca Pen and a Faber-Castell Pitt artist Pen as well as Tombow Marker.

This was only the first lesson, come back and see what I get to do next!

Challenges:

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-202201-january-anything-goes.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-012022-january-anything-goes.html 

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-9-bij-mixed-media-lovers.html 

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2022/01/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html 

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Old Barn at Sunset Mixed Media

This "Old Barn at Sunset," is from a tutorial by Paul Clark, but with a digital hand painted image from The Paper Shelter Digital Stamp Company, attached on top.

I painted the barn scene using Winsor Newton Cotman watercolors on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper. I used white crayon on the rocks as a resist to save the white and enhanced the painting with General's Pastel Chalk Pencils.

I also used Jane Davenport watercolors to paint a digital image titled "Seeking Inspiration," and brought out some details using several pens: Posca, Micron and Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen. I cut the image out and adhered it over the original painting.

I love how this turned out and might be tempted to try another version!

Challenges:

https://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-9-bij-mixed-media-lovers.html

https://avenue613.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-202201-january-anything-goes.html 

https://hereisaplacetostart.blogspot.com/2022/01/challenge-012022-january-anything-goes.html

https://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com/2022/01/a-perfect-time-to-craft-challenge-for.html