Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Leafy Watercolor Valentine Heart Tutorial

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, it is never too early to start preparing for it.

If you are looking for a diy and something that involves paints (and color other than red:p) then I have just the tutorial for you.  You can either frame the final painting or turn it into a card for your loved ones. 

To create your very own leafy valentine heart art, gather the following supplies:

Watercolor paper 
Green watercolor paint (or your preferred color)
Tracing paper 

Begin by printing out your leafy heart template

Transfer the leaves onto your watercolor paper using a tracing paper.

Next, grab some green paint and start painting. I painted the leaves using both wet on wet and wet on dry wash technique. You can learn more about the techniques here and here. Or check out the little video of me painting these leaves here

Let your painting  dry. And that's it. Wasn't it easy? You can play with colors, go for an ombré look or add text on top with acrylic paint. The possibilities are endless once you let your imagination flow :)

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Stay tuned for another easy-peasy one with some florals this time.

Cheers until next time xx

More V-day projects that I have done in the past, that might inspire you. Simply click on the picture to be taken to the relevant project post.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

For The Love Of Florals

I have been busy painting watercolor florals. They are so much fun to paint!

I had a wonderful time painting these blue roses with shimmering silver leaves.

Painting loose florals can be addictive. And I would love to paint a lot more!




But for now, these three are in the shop

Have a fabulous week!  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Basic Watercolor Washes Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on "Watercolor Techniques".
Today's post will cover some easy watercolor washes that come handy every time you pick up your brush to start a painting.

I have come up with a fun little project for you. All you need to do is gather the following supplies and follow the tutorial!

You will need:
Watercolor paper/ Sketchbook
Watercolor paints
Paint brush

Flat wash
A flat wash is a wash that is completely even in tone. Mix a generous amount of cerulean blue wash in your palette. Load a clean brush and apply a smooth wash across the page. Working quickly, reload your brush again and continue where you left off. Try to avoid any variation in tone and if you are working on a large paper, I'd recommend you use a bigger brush.

Flat wash

Gradated wash
It is a wash that is applied in a similar manner as the flat wash but there is a variation in tone. Load your brush with orange paint and apply a smooth wash across the page. Then add more water as you work your way down so that the color gradually gets lighter. Similarly you can add more of the same pigment to the wash so that it gradually becomes darker in tone.

Gradated wash

Variegated wash
This is a variation of the gradated wash but instead of adding more water you gradually introduce another color. This is great for when you are painting sunsets.

Variegated wash

Wet on wet wash
This is can be done in two ways. Load brush with clean water and wet the entire area. While the paper is still wet, apply paint. Dropping gorgeous colors on to damp paper is an exhilarating experience as you can never predict exactly what will happen or how far the paint will spread on paper. 
Wet on wet

Another way to do a wet on wet wash is to add paint to a wash that has not yet dried. This creates interesting mixes of color. 

Wet on wet

Wet on dry wash
This is pretty easy. Just load your brush with wet paint and apply it to dry paper. The resulting wash will have harder edges as compared to a wet on wet wash.

Wet on dry

Dry on dry wash
With as little water as possible (water should only slightly moisten the brush), load your brush with hookers green. Then holding the brush at an angle drag it across the page. This wash is good for creating texture like when you want to paint grass, rocks or textured walls.

Dry on dry

Dry on dry

Dry on dry

I hope you enjoyed learning these basic watercolor washes. You can also check out my Watercolor Valentine Heart tutorial and see how I have used some of these washes there.

And when you combine some of the basic washes with watercolor texture techniques you can create something like this:


Any questions about this post or Watercolor Techniques Tutorial? I'd love to read your feedback! 

Cheers until next time :)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Free This Is Our Happy Place Printable

I love having art in my home. How about you? I plan to slowly dress up the blank walls with personal artwork and prints.  I also want to create a gallery wall in the kitchen. Or a little artsy corner in my lounge. And I would love to have this quote up somewhere!

It brings a smile to my face every time.

I had planned to letter this quote inside a hand painted floral wreath. But when you have a little toddler on the loose, things don't always go according to your plan.

So I went on Pinterest and searched for free watercolor  florals and came across these shared by lovely Lucy of Craftberry Bush . I used Photoshop to add in my quote and voila I have a perfect printable art for my home! And since I love you guys so much for reading my little blog and following me on Facebook and Instagram,  I decided to share it with you for your own personal use! All you need to do is click on the link below to download and it will be all yours 😄


I hope you like this and cheers until next time! 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Wisteria Painting

Aren't they stunning?

I wanted a floral painting for my bedroom wall, to go just above my bedside table. I came across lovely wisteria paintings on my Instagram feed and instantly fell in love with this beautiful plant with its stunning purple flowers. I decided to do a wisteria painting and add a little personal touch to my bedroom.

I had a small canvas lying around, perfect size for what I had in mind. I used Pinterest to surf for a reference photo and did the painting in acrylics.

Later, I decided to do another wisteria painting, but this time in watercolors. I tried to paint with a looser and more abstract style, a style that I found more challenging. You can check out my work in progress photos below.

And here is the finished painting. 

What style of painting do you find challenging? Leave me your answers in the comments! 


Monday, November 7, 2016

Watercolor Texture Techniques Tutorial

Ready for a watercolor tutorial?
Let's start with something fun!
Like textures.

Those wonderfully gorgeous textures created just by dripping, sponging, splattering, and more.

So let's have fun exploring some of the ways you can create texture and add interest to your painting. 

But before we begin, gather the following supplies -
Scrap paper cut into 4 inch squares
Paint brush
Cling wrap
Tissue paper

Lay a very wet wash of ultramarine. While the wash is still wet drop in yellow and orange. Then quickly sprinkle some salt. Brush off the salt when the paint dries.

You can make splatters using either your paint brush or a toothbrush. Both will create different effects. Simply load your brush with paint, then holding it close to paper use your fingers to flick the bristles of the brush. Add different colors for a fun effect.

Brush Splatter
Toothbrush Splatter

Load your brush with lots of water and paint. Hold the brush directly above your paper and let the paint drip down on to the paper. You can tilt or blow on it with straw for some cool effects.

I used kitchen paper for this. Dip your kitchen paper in some wet paint. Then dab it on to paper. You can play by adding different colors.

Cling wrap
Brush on a wash of paint and while it is still wet place a crinkled piece of cling wrap on top and press it down with your fingers. Allow it to dry before you remove the cling wrap.

You can combine more than one technique to add that extra oomph to your work. Have fun exploring these techniques!


Friday, November 4, 2016

Exploring And Trying Out New Art Materials

When your little one is down for her nap,
You take out your new art materials and experiment.

Or read that book you borrowed from the library but never managed to get past the first page!

Recently I tried working with smooth watercolor paper. It's perfect for pen and ink and paintings that don't require much layering.

You can check out how I painted these carrots here and leaves here.

And I also tried to do calligraphy.

I love to try new art materials. What new materials have you tried recently?