Tag Archive: Watercolors


Monoprints 101

I have been doing a fair amount of experimenting and haven’t had much luck until today. Yesterday, I put watercolors on a piece of glass and let it dry over night. So this morning I made three monoprints! I was excited with the results!

This is the 8 x 10 glass plate that I painted the sunflowers on

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Next, I wet a piece of 9 x 12 Watercolor paper and made this first print. It REALLY bleed all over. I think that this may be something that I can work with later.

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The next print was on Dry 9 x 12 Watercolor paper. I added some red to the center. This piece was scanned and it is pixeled, but you can see how nicely the colors are “staying put” on the dry paper.

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Lastly, this is the final print on Canson Mixed Media paper (though there is still a significant amount of paint on the glass). There was just enough paint on the paper that I could move it around a bit and create flower petals. I may embellish this further with reds and blue.

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AND in the overshare department, here is an 8.5 x 5.5 Watercolor that I did of a scene from my plein air class. If you see a black blob in the trees, you can blame it on the dog!

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I have been having so much fun making stencils. One of my online courses suggested that tracing or copying your own work was not only okay… But could be a time saver! So of course, I got out one of my old watercolors, made a stencil of the drawing and then sprayed ink, splashed watercolor and generally had a wonderful time. What do you think of all of this? Is it cheating to reuse your own homemade stencils?

This is a copy of one of my original watercolors.

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Then I created a stencil

Then I sprayed, spattered and splashed acrylic ink and watercolor.

And BECAUSE I like oversharing, here are two sketches from my plein air class this week. Both are watercolor and ink. Have a great week!

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Checking in…

Greetings! It is FINALLY springtime here! The lush spring colors are always an inspiration. I have been working with watercolors, watercolor sticks, acrylic inks and acrylics in my sketchbooks. Here are a few samples of my work!

The hay roll scene was done in watercolor on Strathmore Mixed Media Paper 5.5 x 8.5 with watercolor and watercolor sticks

The daffodil painting was done in watercolor, watercolor sticks, outlined with speedball pen. Then I added a wash to the ink to get the background color. Canson Mixed Media Paper, 7 x 10

Lastly, the dune picture was done with watercolor, watercolor sticks, Inktense pencils, and ink. Strathmore Mixed Media 9 x 12.

Franken”art” experiments

My franken”art” “experiments” have been evolving. The more I watch YouTube Videos, the more excited I get about playing around with acrylic paints. I’ve continued working on the monoprints. Once I get the print, the painting starts to just evolve when I satart messing around with it. Here is the current (final) state of my first two monoprints. The second print has a freshness to it, which I find appealing.

 

Next, I tried doing a landscape by painting on glass and creating a print from it.

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I did some acrylic transfer. I admit that the first 2 were disasters, never to see the light of day again. But then I used a technique that I found on YouTube to transfer markers to watercolor paper. I did a simple sketch of a pelican and I found that it transferred quite nicely. The background was a bit shiny for my taste, but I’ll have to work with the acrylic medium to get the proper consistency.  All the YouTube videos make it look “so easy”..

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Finally, I did a number of acrylics paint skins. Wow, these are fun to play with. I wasted ALOT of medium, but finally came up with one that I liked. To create this little masterpiece(?), you use acrylic paint on a piece of plastic (I used a sheet protector), add some medium and wait for it to dry. Then, peal it off the plastic. The first picture is a front view of the waterlily, the second one is a view from the back. Well, enough for today! Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

Here are a few examples of my new sketchbook paintings. The birds are watercolor on 3.5 x 5 Strathmore Cold Press Visual Journal Paper.
The Flower Pot, Water Lily and Beach Flowers are examples of mono-printing with watercolor. The technique is really easy. Apply paint, then press the adjacent page and make a mirror image of it. I actually like the more “abstract” print better than some of the originals. It gives you are great point to start a fresh painting from! Let me know if you have any comments!

Life is Screaming By….

Just a quick one today.

I finished (?) a watercolor that I thought might be worthy of posting. This piece is on a 1/4 sheet of WC paper done with watercolor/acrylic markers. Not sure that the background is “pushed back” far enough.. but I had fun doing it.
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EXCUSE of the MONTH!! I haven’t fallen off the end of the world. I have a puppy. After a SENIOR DOG, calm, quiet, house broken….I was NOT prepared for the energy, love, sassiness of our new puppy. I LOVE her dearly.IMG_3655 (800x731)

Have a great week!! Wish us luck!!

The small stuff!!

I have been working on “studies” with my acrylics and acrylic markers. The Liquitex acrylic markers really make this easy, since they are really a “no muss, no fuss” type of marker. Just shake them up and off you go!

The first offering is a study that I did for one of my craftsy classes. The instructor had some comments, which I will try to address this week.

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

The next painting is the same scene, slightly larger 8 x 10

8 x 10 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

8 x 10 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

Next, is the 5 x 7 spring study for my Grand River series.

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

This is my WIP (Work In Progress) for the Spring on the Grand River = 12 x 16 Gallery Wrapped Canvas

12 x 16 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

12 x 16 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

Finally, I have to throw in my Watercolor study of Springtime on Country Brook and a Marker/Charcoal rendering of my orchids… Enjoy!!

5 x 7 Watercolor

5 x 7 Watercolor


5 x 7 Marker and Charcoal

5 x 7 Marker and Charcoal

Have a great week!! Don’t be afraid to leave me a message. I would like to hear your comments.

Rainy Sunday Watercolors

Happy Mothers Day to all that nurture us in our aspirations.
I thought that I would show you the steps I took to create a watercolor painting today. I read somewhere yesterday that one should layer, layer then layer more color to give the painting depth. Here is an attempt at it. I’m not totally “in love” with the results. But then, the practice is ALWAYS good.

7 x 10 Watercolor and WC Markers on Strathmore Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor and WC Markers on Strathmore Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor and WC Markers on Strathmore Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor and WC Markers on Strathmore Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor and WC Markers on Strathmore Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor and WC Markers on Strathmore Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor and WC Markers on Strathmore Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor and WC Markers on Strathmore Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor and WC Markers on Strathmore Paper

7 x 10 Watercolor and WC Markers on Strathmore Paper

Next, I painted a tree on a hiking trail at Gun Lake. I LOVE this tree. It has so much character!! This is a 5 x 7 in a Nature Sketch book. The paper tends to roll off because I scrub so much, probably won’t be doing as much water media in this book as I had hoped.

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That’s all for today! Have a GREAT week! See you later in cyberland!

A Promise is a Promise

Hi All,

I can’t believe that it is February already. This winter is just flying by! I did as I said I would do in the last post. I have been working on my paintings. A promise is a promise! I have three watercolor sketches, done primarily with Winsor Newton WC markers (and with a little bit of acrylic markers). I used Canson Multimedia Paper (7 x 10), which is GREAT paper for using these markers. It was quite windy today, so the WCs dried relatively quickly. (hurrah!)
The first one is the oldest (done a week or so ago!), the other two were sketched last week in pencil.

7 x 10 WC sketch on Cansons Multimedia paper

7 x 10 WC sketch on Cansons Multimedia paper

7 x 10 WC sketch and acrylic marker on Cansons Multimedia paper

7 x 10 WC sketch and acrylic marker on Cansons Multimedia paper

7 x 10 WC sketch and Ink on Cansons Multimedia paper

7 x 10 WC sketch and Ink on Cansons Multimedia paper

Once I get the hang of these WC markers, I am going to upgrade to better watercolor paper! Hopefully, that time is coming SOON!
Have a great week!

Here are some attempts to get in the SWING of things again. Some are okay, some aren’t. Good thing the trash man is coming tomorrow. I have some paintings for him!

First, did a few watercolors and they turned out AOK.

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The second set of sketches, disasters, etc are for a painting I want to do. What I need is a small prototype to show one of my friends. The first in this set didn’t work out so well (hence the garbage can). The leaves should be feathery and dainty and ended up being big blobs. So of the colors turned out well, so I will use that new found (again) knowledge in the later paintings

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Once I decided to start again, I started from scratch with a sketch, a watercolor (see above), then I drew the sketch onto a 16 x 20 canvas with Inktense pencils and started to work adding colors.

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I REALLY need to REMEMBER that I can’t JUMP in and paint. I need to PLAN first! I’ll keep you informed on my progress!

Have a great day!