Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fun Friday - FREE Watercolor Printable April Calendar

April 2017 Calendar
Instand Watercolor Printable

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of March and it is time for the April 2017 calendar. I designed this using a portion of one of my original watercolor paintings and it is my gift to you, free to download, print, cut and display. 

You can also check out all of my Art & Quote watercolor printables in my Etsy Shop. I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Watercolor & Words Wednesday - Mixed Media Printables!

This week for Watercolor & Words Wednesday I am featuring something a little different - art that is not a watercolor but mixed media pieces! I created these three collages on canvas using patterned papers, acrylic paint, ink and stamps.

Mixed Media Collage - 8x10

I layered the colorful papers, added some acrylic paint here and there, more papers, stamped with bubble wrap and then painted the flowers, leaves and stems. I used acrylic ink to loosely outline everything and stamped the inspirational words on each piece.

Mixed Media Collage - 8x10

These 8x10 prints are ready for instant downloading so that you can print, trim and frame for yourself or to give as a gift. My art printables are a great way to make a creative connection with someone special in your life. I invite you to view all of my instant prints in my Etsy Shop!

Mixed Media Collage - 8x10

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Watercolor Leaves and the PaperArtsy Blue and Ochre Challenge

Watercolor - 11x15

One of my watercolor paintings of stamped leaves was featured on the PaperArtsy blog as an example of using the colors blue and yellow ochre together. They are hosting a challenge to create something with that color combination and have included wonderful examples of artists that have used blue and ochre.

Colorful mason jars from Ashley

Painted frames in shades of blue, white, grey and ochre from The Speckled Egg

Fun jewelry made with colorful beads, yarns and charms from Gomeow

Beautiful embellished buttons from Anita Simmance

A textured mixed media piece from Jolande

It is always fun to see how other artists express their creativity and if you want to join in the Blue and Ochre Challenge you can visit the PaperArtsy blog here

Monday, March 27, 2017

Art With Heart Monday - IRIS SPLENDOR

Watercolor on Gesso - 11x15

'All the flowers of all the tomorrows are 
in the seeds of today'
~ Indian Proverb ~

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fun Friday - The Music of Tulips

Watercolor & Collage - 15X20

I always love stretching the boundaries of traditional watercolor and combing it with collage is a great way to do that. I began by painting in the background, tulips and leaves with loose watercolor washes. I then collected all of the decorative rice papers that I have in my collage stash and painted them the same colors.
Matte medium glued the papers in areas where I wanted more texture and design interest. I used a musical stamp on very thin rice paper and collaged those pieces in and around the tulips. A few final shapes of white rice paper for highlights and a stamped dragonfly to finish it off!