Monday, August 29, 2016

One More Watercolor Card Front

I did one more watercolor greeting card front before I caught the "reorg bug".  Hopefully I'll soon be able to turn them into birthday cards!

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Friends with birthdays at this time of year should receive a card with sunflowers on it, don't you think?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Basket Weaving

My art (and this blog) have taken a bit of a beating this week as I got the inspiration to reorganize my office/art studio.  But I found a few pictures on my camera from before I caught the "reorg bug".

Last Sunday at the Vancouver Artist Trading Card swap we had a session of for those of us who wanted to learn basket weaving.  The teacher was incredibly generous and patient, and I've almost finished my first basket.

I can't overemphasize how patient this teacher was, nor how difficult this was for me to learn.  I've always known that I was spatially challenged, but while the other dozen people continued on their own, she had to sit with me for 10 minutes urging me on and correcting my missteps.  I'm getting used to being the worst student in every art class I take!  LOL

She also provided and precut everyone's jute and gave me this wool, as I hadn't brought anything suitable.

Will my newly organized studio allow for any wool purchases?  Perhaps it will!  When I finish my basket I'll post another picture.

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Watercolor Blooms Greeting Card Size

My birthday card stash is running low, so I'm going to do a few watercolor blooms.  This was done wet-on-wet with a size 4 round brush.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Baby Shoes

Gouache, watercolor, handcarved stamps, stabilo pencil

I have enough drawings in my various journals and sketchbooks that I can reuse the images on new pieces.  Now I just need to go through all the books and extract the ones that I like.  This will be an ongoing process, I suspect, but it is fascinating what I find when I browse through them!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Silly Scraps Saturday

The instructions were to make a landscape collage from torn postage stamps, and the exercise was to take 20 minutes.  He listed a pencil in the required materials, so I don't think I cheated too much.  We'll call this "Westcoast Mountains and Rainforest". 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Flower Experiments

I've been doing more Watercolor Bloom Flower Experiments.  Alisa Burke tells us how important it is that we really play with our supplies and understand what they can do.  We won't like all of them (or maybe even many of them), but we'll find a couple of things that we really do like, and incorporate them into our art, making them our own.  This seems like good advice to me, although I rarely follow it.

What I learned:  
  • I don't like the gouache as much as the watercolor for this watery style.
  • I'm more comfortable with the round brushes than with the flat brushes for most things, but I do like holding the flat brush with the tip against the paper and making feathery marks.
  • The flat brush has some potential for diamond shape petals (like hydrangeas), but I need to practice this.
  • I like the flat brush for the gold flower below.  It makes nice white/light spots.  I took a session in flat brush strokes at the Westcoast Calligraphy Society last year, and learned this "ballet slipper" stroke.  It is useful for making bows and pinecones too. (See this post.)