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A Hand-Drawn Mandala

I recently purchased this book on Mandala Art from Amazon:

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Since I am exploring art with my hand this week, I decided to try a hand-drawn mandala:

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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:

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I’m not sure that I am done so I will let it rest a few days…

Have you ever created a Mandala?

Cheers! 🙂

Two Hands

I experimented yesterday with tracing both hands with a black Micron pen:

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My right hand on top of my left hand… Then adding watercolor to both:

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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:

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The smooth texture doesn’t react to the salt or the watercolor in the same way as the rough grain:

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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?

Cheers! 🙂

My Hand…

Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?

This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…

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Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:

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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!

Cheers! 🙂

Rocking It…

OK, I agree, my title is a bit punny for one of the last five watercolors I did in July:

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Next, I decided to expand my horizons (so to speak) and painted this landscape:

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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:

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We recently had a full moon that inspired these summer stars:

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I enjoyed playing with a dagger brush and different color combinations for them.

Time was short so I experimented to create this fantastic feather:

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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:

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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!

Cheers! 🙂

X, Y, Z And…

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”:

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“Y” is for Yellow:

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“Z” for Zentangled zoodles… Which are zucchini noodles!

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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!

Cheers! 🙂

Trees, Unicorns And Vino…

Continuing with my Alphabet watercolor and collage series for the month of July…

Letter, “T” is for trees:

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Do you see a couple of birds in my tree?  😉

”U” never know when a unicorn will show up!

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Especially when under a sun umbrella! 

And no, I wasn’t sampling the vino…

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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…

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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…

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Cheers to summer! 🙂

M, N, O, P

My continuation of my Alphabet Journal…

Mushrooms from my imagination for the letter, “M”:

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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:

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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:

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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”:

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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!

Cheers! 🙂

Kites, Lilies And…

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”…

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          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?

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You got it!  Lilies!

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And a Ladybug!

Did you see the Green Metalic Bee on the Lily?

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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…

Happy Exploring!

Cheers! 🙂

Creating A Recipe Of Fun…

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:

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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…

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I decided I wasn’t going to overthink my process…

So “B” fore I did, I moved on to my next letter:

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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:

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I hope you create your own watercolor recipe of fun and participate in World Watercolor Month with me!

Cheers! 🙂

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

Just Mating?

Today’s weird birds are just married mating…

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This “odd” couple was inspired by this old photograph:

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I hope this post gives you a giggle today… 😃

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!

Cheers!