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?