Sweetest Treats

I have been taking another skillshare class to practice watercolors. Yasmina Creates has wonderful watercolor classes that are so much fun and well taught. The images in this post were created by me during her class Sweet Treats.

I recently purchased some new watercolors because I was so frustrated with my old watercolors not blending and flowing the way they should. I purchased a Misson Gold palette from Amazon and Jane Davenport’s watercolor palettes from her new line available at Michaels.

This is a comparison of Jane’s watercolors, Mission Gold and the Sakura Koi Field Box.

sweettreats1It is amazing the difference between the first two and the last one. Jane and MG (mission gold) are so bright and the blended beautifully. Koi is chalky, dull and did not want to blend. I am having so much fun with these new paints. And thanks to Yasmina for motivating me. ūüôā I am starting to feel much more comfortable with watercolor and I am feeling inspired to create more.

(I realize that I am dropping lots of links, I am not sponsored by or affiliated with anyone. I purchased everything on my own).

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Merry (belated) Christmas!

Hello friends!

It has been a little while since my last post. I have been thoroughly enjoying the holidays with my family. I have been creating often though. Here are some of the Christmas Cards I worked on.

One of my New Years resolutions is to make time for my art.  I plan to create something everyday even if it is as small as doodling the weather in my planner. I have a feeling that this will be the year of watercolor as well. I have always loves the look of watercolor but I am a perfectionist an the medium has always terrified me. I am really enjoying it now though and I plan on practicing often.

Merry belated Christmas and Happy New Year!

Be Fearless

This quote is very fitting for me this week.

I am experimenting with different media and trying to exercise my art more frequently. I have been out of practice for awhile and so the fear tends to set in. I can’t draw, it has been too long. I only have 20 minutes, my art can’t possibly look decent in 20 minutes. What is my art “style?” Every artist needs a “style.”

Taking some classes on skillshare has been helpful. It is easier to take some pressure off if I am practicing as a “student.” The more that I draw and practice, the more fun I have. I am getting more comfortable and confident. I am learning everyday. The more I practice the better I will get.

So here I am becoming fearless. I don’t need to know what my “style” is right this minute. I can just make art everyday and maybe I will notice a reoccurring theme. My style will come. But one thing I know for sure, art sets my soul on fire.

What sets your soul on fire?

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Classes and Exploration

So this week I have been focusing on practicing skills and techniques that are not in my wheelhouse. I have been playing with watercolor and drawing in ink. It has been wonderful! I am trying to work on being more relaxed, playful and whimsical rather than uptight and perfectionistic. Some of these still need some practice but I am really happy with how they came out!

If you are interested in some of the classes I am enrolled in, let me know. I am currently using SkillShare. I believe they are still having a discount on there premium membership, 3 months of Premium for $0.99.

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Christmas

 

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Flying Cuties

 

 

 

Wild and Watercolor

I love watercolor but I struggle with it. I am too uptight and too much of a control freak to let the watercolor be wild, which ironically is what I love about it. This was a fun way to play with watercolor without worrying to much about imperfection. I am thrilled with the bright colors and how she seems to be glowing. I enjoy trying new techniques and expanding my horizons.

I was inspired this week by¬† a beautiful drawing by CeeCee’s Creations. I love the unique way she¬†included watercolor as a part of her subject and not secluded to the background.

Feeling Hopeful

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I am feeling hopeful. I can’t really say why except that is how I feel and so that is what I tried to express.

In my last art journal entry, the paper fought me at every turn. So this week I decided to try watercolor paper. I am very pleased with how this page turned out. Since I was working with a hardier paper I was able to explore with some different art supplies than what I am used to. I explored a little collage, inks, acrylics, water soluble pastels and much more. I really wish I could have purple hair like that by the way.

Do you have a favorite paper for mixed media? I would love some recommendations.

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