I learned this technique from Lynn Whipple last year in the Year of the Spark online class with Carla Sonheim. I decided to try creating stencils with some of my own leaf shapes.
I drew my leaf shapes on cardstock and then cut them out. I was careful to keep the shape intact so that I only had to tape one opening.
Next, I taped the stencils to watercolor paper. I previously painted a light layer of watercolor on the paper so it would not buckle. I then added another layer of paint:
I experimented with salt and cling wrap on a couple of the leaves. Tomorrow I will reveal the painted leaves!
I know that I could have simply painted the paper with watercolors and then drew the leaf shape onto it but there is a reason that I didn’t do this and I will show you tomorrow.
Happy Creating! 🙂
Posted in imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Art, art classes, color play, crafts, creative, drawing, experiment, fun, imaginary, leaves, play, shapes, stencils
Playing with shape, line and color on leaves with a few pods thrown in!
Happy Saturday Friends! 🙂
Posted in color experiments, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, Art, art classes, color, color pencils, color play, creative, drawing, experiment, fountain ink pen, fun, leaves
I started an online class with Diane Culhane yesterday called, “The Love of A Tree.” You can find out more about it here: http://www.carlasonheim.com/for-the-love-of-a-tree-diane-culhane/I enjoy taking classes from Diane as she is a wonderful teacher and I love her whimsical style! Plus she paints with lots of color like me! 🙂
I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my tree photos.
Hope you branch out and try something new today! I’d love to hear what you do!
Posted in Nature Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged 4 seasons, art classes, creative, Diane Culhane, Explorer, learning, leaves, nature, nature photography, the woods, trees, Whimsical Art
There was a fall chill in the air today – A real CHILLER!
I wanted to stay with the Michael Jackson music theme for completing my mixed media leaf print that I started last week. You can find my beginning piece here.
I added another layer of watercolor:
And finished this THRILLER with black pen:
Not too BAD! What do you think?
Happy Creating! 😊🎶🎨
Posted in Leaf Printing, Mixed Media
Tagged abstract, acrylic paints, Art, black micron pen, color, creative, doodles, experiment, fall, fun, humor, inspiration, leaf printing, leaves, mixed media, music, nature, playful, watercolor
My title for this post reminds me of Michael Jackson’s song, “Just Beat It!”
I tend to be musically challenged in that I cannot remember the artist or the name of the song. It brings a lot of humor to our marriage. 😄
I started the above piece with soft pastels:
I like the texture it gives to the paper.
Next, I painted REAL leaves with acrylic paint and pressed them into cold press watercolor paper:
I tried to add a variety of colors and leaf shapes.
After it dried, I added my first layer of watercolor:
I like the added texture that the soft pastels have added to the piece but it may be difficult for you to see it.
I will add many more layers of watercolor paint and finish it with a black pen. Much like these previous experiments that you can find here. I also have them listed in the category of Leaf Printing on the right.
Happy Creating! 🍂😄🍁
Posted in Leaf Printing, Mixed Media
Tagged abstract, acrylic paints, Art, color, experiment, fall, fun, humor, inspiration, leaf printing, leaves, mixed media, music, play, soft pastels, watercolor
As a child, my older sister would often tell me, “Don’t be a cry baby!”
For some strange reason this is what came to my mind as I was painting these Crabapples…
Maybe it was because I was having a tough day. 😁
You know those days when you get paint everywhere but where you WANT it to go… Your clothes, the carpet, your hair, the cat’s hair (OK, I’m exaggerating a little). Hehe!
And we got a new computer with Windows 10. I had the “old” system all figured out. Hmmm, does this mean I’m getting old? 😳
Now I need to find a new photo editing software for Windows 10. Any ideas?! 😉
I did enjoy painting these Crabapples in watercolor. And I added a few color pencils at the end. I had some beautiful fall photos of my two Crabapple trees in my yard BUT I will have to save this for another day when I have time to play with the computer. Let’s just say, thank goodness for my iPad! 😀
Happy Creating! 🎨😊
Posted in fall, Watercolor
Tagged Art, color pencils, Crabapples, creative, fall, fruit, humor, leaves, memories, nature, painting, playful, still life, watercolor
Last year I did a leaf study of autumn leaves in watercolor that I previously posted. You can see it here.
I wanted to try it again this year! Below is my photo of 3 leaves that I used as my reference:
And here is my watercolor painting:
I need to go back and add a second coat of watercolor paint to my Maple leaf but overall, I am pleased with my results.
Happy Creating! 🙂
Posted in Painting, Watercolor
Tagged Art, art classes, beauty, creative, drawing, fall, leaves, nature, painting, watercolor
As many of you probably know, I really love playing with color! So I created this mixed media collage tonight of leaves:
I used a variety of papers – some my own that I printed with the gelli plate, leftover paint and syran wrap. I also used scrapbook paper and a dictionary word and photo.
After I glued my papers to 140 lb hot press watercolor paper with a glue stick, I outlined the leaves with pencil. Then I smudged the outlines to give them dimension.
I did a similar “summer” collage with summery colors, here.
Happy Weekend Friends! :-)))
P.S. I have decided to take a break this Saturday and Sunday from posting on my blog. I am pretty tired from a busy week at work. So I decided to rest up. Look forward to seeing what you are creating! 🙂
Posted in Color, Mixed Media Collage
Tagged abstract, acrylic paints, Art, color, experiment, fall, Gelli-Prints, leaves, meditative, mixed media, paper collage, paper scraps, pencil, play
We are winding up our weekend trips to the lake. I am running a bit behind today as we had a wonderful sunny weekend – so I tried to soak up a few rays, take a boat ride with my hubby and a couple of QUICK dips in the 64 degree lake water! It helps that the air was 80 plus degrees! :-))
I took some AWESOME fall lake photos with my camera! YAY! But I will post only a few today to go with my haiku. I hope you enjoy!
Green leaves fade as Fall –
paints colors with one brush stroke –
Softly blending reds –
Have a happy fall day! 🙂