3 Painting Projects

Exploration projects are under way and I’m about to paint a watermelon for a fun first day of summer collaboration. Life is good!

Crayon layering technique with watercolor. What a twisted idea! I’ve done this before but this time it came out awesome. I guess the trick is to add a little pressure as you draw with crayons. Then go over it with a pretty saturated watercolor wash.

Next up was the thumbprint and fingerprint flower. Now this is a color scheme I thought about. The idea is for the reader to think on what fascinates them. What are they working on right now? It’s clear what my answer is.

Last but not least is string art. I balled up the string and stamped my way all over the paper.

All of these are simple but they create beautiful art. I’ve been working on my lettering too. Oh and this tree will be part of the Live Your Story Book.

Tomorrow’s another day! Yeah. Ok, watermelon painting time.

repainting a tree for an audience of one

watercolor painted tree with a tire swingIs this tree is too dark? Does it feel right? The tree got a lot of likes when I posted it on instagram. Yes it has that BRAVE Merida color scheme. This tree is about taking something ordinary and creating something extraordinary-and to always have fun of course. Maybe? I mean it does take bravery–courage to say, “I’m going to take this wheel and turn it into a swing.” I THINK THAT MIGHT BE IT! When I paint I get lost in my old world with these wonderful ideas. It’s only when  I fall out of this magical place that I doubt. It’s true.

On another note, I am half way through the e-book BIG MAGIC and realize I want this book in my studio. Then I listen to an Unmistakable Creative episode and the phrase create for an audience of one hooks me immediately. I need this book in my life too.

For a while I should write my thoughts more often and I intend to for a couple of weeks or so. Maybe Sunday, Wednesday and Friday will work instead of the usual Friday.

I am repainting this tree because there’s not enough wow. Oh but I have an idea!

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Notes:

  • creating for an audience of one means you create for yourself
  • it’s a lot funner this way
  • this frees you up to just mix up watercolor and do whatever
  • mix dark blue with green
  • I see lots of hearts and yeah I love that and maybe that’s what others love to.
  • using big brushes and starting with a light layer is best
  • go slightly lighter when painting these shade (tire swing tree) because when scanned they appear darker
  • be delicate when applying color
  • using pastels to give my tree form is a genius idea-not mine
  • I tried using artists tape to paint the square shaped tree and the paint still got all over the place. Maybe the artist tape was old? Was my paint to watery?

Imagine all the  impossibilities that are possible

painting a purple tree…

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

with a cotton swab. Well I tried and it didn’t turn out well. But then it did. 

I  mixed-up the right beautiful pink. Or wait I meant purple. These are purple shades but they do have some pinkness to them. I love that. I’m not one for purple purple but these are awesome.

palette with temepra paint

palette looks amazing (still looking for a heart shaped one)

 

 

testing the color before I start painting. Most of these are too dark.

Purple paint swatches

 

Oh my …I am rolling my eyes and taking breaths. Literally I sat down with an idea; the idea for a purple tree has been on my mind. The tree I painted last week came out awesome.   Sometimes ideas have a mind of their own but, the fun is in experimenting.

First attempt notes: cotton swabs are fun to work with, need more contrast  and the green is all wrong

purple tree

 

 

Second attempt notes: The tree trunk came out awesome. The texture and color with the purple was amazing. SO I had to goof it up. I started layering with a brush and a mess happened. I don’t know. I almost threw it away. Somehow I love it.

purple tree

 

Third attempt notes: OK forget about the cotton swab and alter course. I liked where this was going until I applied too much dark.

purple tree texture

 

 

Fourth time is the charm: I went back to the original tool,  took my time and fixed the contrast. Looking good!  The idea for this tree is that trees come in all colors and are beautiful. This is the last tree I pant for the wise trees book. Oh maybe not since I still have the book cover to work on.

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

 

 

Painting this purple tree was a real surprise.

Notes:

  • good lesson on if a first you don’t succeed
  • first ideas are often the best ones
  • so now I have all these cool textures that need lovin’.
  • Maybe this is the start of another book about cute animals in all different shapes and shades. Yes lets. Who knows.
  • there’s a whole world out there to explore
  • mixing acrylic with tempera works
  • don’t forget to keep that brush or cotton swab moist with paint and a little water
  • or that could be an awesome texture too
  • so in terms of mixing the more red you add the darker the purple.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

crayons not masking fluid

Working on a book is harder than I thought. I had to take a break, catch my breath and keep myself in a happy place. OK so the original didn’t turn out so good, but there’s going to be lots of not so good ideas in this journal. I must practice.

I have gone through lots of watercolor paper and what I thought were genius ideas. Today I, for the like I don’t hundredth time, I messed up on the love poem again but the words are awesome and I’ll get it right.

In between my projects I work on fun projects to take a break . I just had to redo this one. I love the ripped paper near the words in case you lose it.

orange floweres

New version looks good. I just wish I hadn’t used a dirty eraser to erase some of the pencil markings. Why did I do that? Oh well you learn things.

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How will this design look on a positive pouch?

Ok now that I had a little fun it’s time to go back to the book editing.

Notes:

  • use crayons with crayons is easier instead of using masking fluid
  • use bold colors on a light wash background
  • use a light pencil to sketch out your idea first
  • observe flowers before you paint them to get a sense of contrast.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

Painting with melted crayon

The best part of painting with melted crayons is you have to work super fast! There’s no time to think. You have to paint and PAINT before the crayons dry up. I planned everything out before I melted the crayons.  There’d be two projects. I’d paint a tree and a quote. I love this idea of painting with melted crayons and wish I could work fast enough to write a quote- but that didn’t go to well. It sure was fun exploring! The other project…well a tree for the wise trees book!

Choose color

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Melt the crayons and work fast.

The green melted great! The pink well not so great. Guess that means it’s time to toss these crayons. Oh but I DO HAVE AN IDEA FOR THE WHITE CRAYONS AND COME TO THINK OF IT A floral design I want to redo!

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Paint

So glad I used paint brush soap to coat my brushes before I painted with them. I don’t know. I simply painted because I had to work fast.  A texture I came across on Instagram entered my mind as I kept painting. Or did I paint and realize I’d seem this before? Hope this is one of those steal like an artist moments.  Yes.  And I love this BOOK too!  This was so awesome! Doesn’t look much like a tree but in my mind it’s a beautiful sideways tree. I did see it once!

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Here it is and I love it! For sure going to include this in my trees book.

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Oh right I will be spending this weekend getting the pictures ready. Can’t wait to add this to my threadless shop but first I will clean it up.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.