My goodness how did it get to 2018 so quickly! My mojo went for a wander so I just had a wee break from anything arty/crafty for a while but I am back now to have another go. So I am starting the year off by doing small sketches or other in my sketch books or art journals rather than trying to paint ‘proper’ pictures so that I don’t mind too much if I muck up. I did this the other day having watched Alison C Board’s video on you tube painting teasel on wood. My version is not on wood and doesn’t use the same colours but it gave me inspiration to have a go. Watercolour and Brusho but with a bit of Stabilo pen to darken a few lines.
This watercolour is another tutorial from Terry Harrison. I didn’t do very well with the wet-in-wet especially on the barn but I enjoyed painting it. In fact I made quite a few mistakes but hey ho.
Here is my latest painting from Terry Harrison’s tutorials. This one is of a 1952 Dodge that he spotted on his travels. In real life (his photo) it doesn’t look as rusty as this but he shoes how to get a rusty looking effect.
This is another Terry Harrison tutorial but I managed to make a rather strange shaped house on this one. I had sketched it out first and somehow thought the line I had sketched in for the tree was the line for the back of the house. I was going to try and lift the colour out but ended up just leaving it as it is.
This is from one of Terry Harrison’s tutorials. There are a few wonky bits on it but hey ho.
A watercolour painting from a Terry Harrison tutorial. I didn’t quite get the colour right in the sky at the left hand side so I tried to make it into a bank of trees across from the harbour.
I like paintings with little boats in them and I am trying to practice sky and sea painting with varying success. This one is from a Terry Harrison tutorial.
I have been learning to paint by reading books and doing a few tutorial and this painting is from one of Terry Harrison’s online tutorials. They are good tutorials for beginners as he shows how he mixes his colours and takes you through each step so you can learn different techniques. It still takes practice though to get the techniques right.
Here is my latest attempts at a watercolour painting. I was working through Paul Taggart’s lessons and although I did learn a lot I haven’t really done them justice. I am still a bit heavy handed with the paint and my colour mixing needs more practice. There is so much I don’t like about this painting but in doing it I did learn quite a bit and after all I do need the practice. I used bamboo paper just because it was handy and in a gummed block but next time I do watercolour I will use watercolour paper and maybe even stretch it myself as I haven’t tried that yet. Thanks for the lessons Paul.
I was finding it difficult to come up with new ideas for some cards and even after flicking through some old magazines and books I still couldn’t come up with any thing. But I then started to look back at some previous cards I have made I got an idea from 2 previous designs that I joined together. This is made using the watercolour technique and stamps where you ink up your stamp and spritz the stamp with water before stamping onto water colour paper.
Inks: Adirondack Wild plum, Red pepper, Terra cotta, Stream, Lettuce, and Oregano
Card: water colour paper, old olive card, ivory card
Stamps: Clarity stamps Dandelion heads, Satampin up Pocket silhouettes, unknown dragonfly stamp, Papertrey ink Out on a limb sentiments
Other: Stampin up hardware, Tiny mosaic Cranberry, East of India ribbon