I recently purchased this book on Mandala Art from Amazon:
Since I am exploring art with my hand this week, I decided to try a hand-drawn mandala:
First, I drew my hand and then reduced its size on a copier. Next, I started with my flower pattern in the center, moving outwards, something I learned from the book.
Note: It helped to copy my reduced image of my hand on card stock for a stencil.
I used my stenciled hand to create a pattern on the rough grain, 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. I used a purchased stencil for the heart and tulip. I drew the diamonds and swirls free-hand as you can see above.
Experimenting with Ecoline liquid watercolors, I used yellow, red and green directly from the bottle without diluting it.
WOWZA! That red is so vibrant!! ❤️
I used Winsor & Newton Watercolor in Pernament Magenta for the flower petals in the center and Colbalt Turquoise Light for the tulip shapes – that I diluted with water. Interestingly, the yellow Ecoline color bled when I applied the turquoise color on top but not when I applied the Ecoline red undiluted on top of the yellow.)
After the paint dried, I outlined my pencil lines with a .05 Micron black pen for definition:
I’m not sure that I am done so I will let it rest a few days…
Have you ever created a Mandala?
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I experimented yesterday with tracing both hands with a black Micron pen:
My right hand on top of my left hand… Then adding watercolor to both:
I used watercolor paper by Daler Rowney, Langton Prestige in rough grain for my above experiment. I love how a pinch of salt into the wet paint gives a nice texture.
I also experimented on Arches, 140 lb hot press watercolor paper with a different paint color palette:
The smooth texture doesn’t react to the salt or the watercolor in the same way as the rough grain:
Yet, it gives my two hands a different dimension. I plan to doodle on this one as it is much easier to draw on with ink.
I like the first painting for its simplicity and the second one for its complexity of layers. How about you?
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Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?
This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…
Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:
If I was to read my hand, I’d say that a new doodle series may be in my future! 😉
Happy Creating with your hands!
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OK, I agree, my title is a bit punny for one of the last five watercolors I did in July:
Next, I decided to expand my horizons (so to speak) and painted this landscape:
Not a subject I normally paint, so I was pleased with it… below is my reference photo I used from a photo I took of a nearby creek:
We recently had a full moon that inspired these summer stars:
I enjoyed playing with a dagger brush and different color combinations for them.
Time was short so I experimented to create this fantastic feather:
I used a straw to blow wet pools of watercolor paint and gold acrylic ink to give it some pizazz! The collaged letter, “F” I created from one of my leftover watercolor circles from a previous project.
I ended my last painting for July with this door and quote:
I was ready to close the “door” on this project and start something new!
Thank you ALL for your encouragement on this month’s project, as always, I appreciate your kind comments and likes of support… it means so much to me!
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I made it through the alphabet for my art journal! WHOOT!
And I completed 31 days of watercolor in July for World Watercolor Month!!
I thought you might enjoy seeing my finished alphabet pages…
An X-ray Tetra Fish for “X”:
“Y” is for Yellow:
“Z” for Zentangled zoodles… Which are zucchini noodles!
I still want to add paper collage and a few extra details to complete these pages… so stay tuned! 🙂
And I completed 5 additional watercolor pages to finish my 31 days – I will post them later this week…
I am happy to be done so I can focus on some other art projects. Yet, I had so much fun!
I enjoyed my extra time at the lake last week... I think my highlights were swimming in the lake – three times a day, reading a super good book, painting outside daily, making paper butterflies with a friend, daily naps and cool evenings.
Wishing you a happy day doing what you love!
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Continuing with my Alphabet watercolor and collage series for the month of July…
Letter, “T” is for trees:
Do you see a couple of birds in my tree? 😉
”U” never know when a unicorn will show up!
Especially when under a sun umbrella!
And no, I wasn’t sampling the vino…
Just drawing with my eyes closed! (Yes, my eyes were open for the painting, lettering and I did cheat a little and add a few extra lines to the wine bottles with my eyes open…)
I have decided to spend a few extra days enjoying the lake this week. Temps will be in the high 80’s and low 90’s…
Summer is so short here that it is nice to enjoy when the weather is good!
There is something about the water that is so soothing…
Cheers to summer! 🙂
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My continuation of my Alphabet Journal…
Mushrooms from my imagination for the letter, “M”:
I did reference wild mushrooms online before I drew and painted these colorful ones. It was very fun to paint these mushrooms in watercolor. Adding salt while the paint was wet gave the perfect texture to them. I am sure I will be painting more in my future!
Letter “N” is for handwritten notes:
This one took me a little more time to complete. It was fun to add old postage stamps for the collage part. Letter writing seems to be becoming a lost form of communication.
”O” is for the color, orange so why not an orange sunset:
I was playing with color, shapes and balance for the collage part.
Purple petunias from a planter were a perfect subject for the letter, “P”:
I cut strips of handpainted paper for the collage part. I thought the colors accented the purples I used for the petunias.
I hope you are enjoying my alphabet series… I’m having so much fun!
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I am finding that working on more than one letter of the alphabet at a time is helping me stay on track for the daily watercolor and collage series challenge I have given myself for the month of July.
Working ahead also takes the pressure off…
After all, this is supposed to be FUN, right?!
I like how these kites turned out for the letter, “K”…
I can remember kite flying when I was a child, how about you?
This is one of the parts that I am enjoying about this challenge for myself, experimenting with different ideas to achieve the end results…
Like using my gelli-printed collage papers for the clouds! 🙂
Can you guess what letter, “L” stands for?
You got it! Lilies!
And a Ladybug!
Did you see the Green Metalic Bee on the Lily?
I discovered this bee really exists! I probably would not have discovered it IF I hadn’t been photographing it!
Isn’t NATURE grand?! It opens the mind to all sorts of new things…
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I have been thinking about how I want to participate in Charlie’s World Watercolor Month this July at Doodlewash.com
I wanted to make it fun… and discovered an idea from Danielle Donaldson’s recent book:
She suggested experimenting with watercolor by making color recipe cards. I liked this idea and decided to make it my own.
I decided to make a 6 x 9 inch “recipe card” using a variety of watercolor papers, experiment in watercolor and collage on each card and use the alphabet to help guide me to create my recipe of fun!
I got started right away with “A” recipe…
I decided I wasn’t going to overthink my process…
So “B” fore I did, I moved on to my next letter:
I added alphabet “tabs” to the top of my first cards so I could create more than one recipe in that letter.
Part of the fun is adding notes to the back of the card, such as what inspired me:
I hope you create your own watercolor recipe of fun and participate in World Watercolor Month with me!
P.S. Charlie O’Shields will be giving away many freebies in July so be sure to stop by his blog for a chance to win! #worldwatercolormonth
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Today’s weird birds are just
This “odd” couple was inspired by this old photograph:
I hope this post gives you a giggle today… 😃
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!
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