Playing With Watercolors

I’ve never thought of myself as very good with watercolors because I have no experience using them. I am trying to change that by practicing with all types of mediums even those I am not as comfortable with.

Today I did this by playing with watercolors. I had no idea what to paint, which is generally my biggest problem. I have a terrible time coming up with ideas, and yet the painting part usually seems like no big deal.

I haven’t learned any techniques yet, so all I did today was pull out the paints, and see what I could come up with on my own prior to doing any research and here are my practice pieces.

I used mixed media paper, hoping that would suffice for a watercolor paper substitute since I am just practicing. My first practice piece is a flower thing you’ll see it above. The paint was thicker than I expected, and I actually had to use a lot of water to really thin out the colors at all. You’ll see I kept some very dark.

Next I tried a landscape, I think this one looks much better in person than it does in a photograph. I like that this one took up the whole page, and left little white space to view.

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I also practiced a few fruits and veggies, I like the banana, but I am skeptical on the rest of it. They clearly weren’t done to their appropriate sizes, as the red pepper is usually much smaller than that.

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All in all, I completed three practice pieces in watercolors today. I think I need more practice and perhaps a little instruction. However, I do think the flowers and landscape might look nice framed.

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Modeling Clay

And today’s creations are brought to you by modeling clay bought from my all time favorite store: Michael’s.

And believe me when I say these might be some of the worlds worst masterpieces yet! Since I am going to guess you’ll have trouble being able to tell what these are from left to right we have a small square, doggy, and a bunny sculpture.

BE NICE…I’ve never used clay before in my LIFE! This is all a first try for me, they are still wet. They air dry when finished so it’ll be a few days before I see how they really look, and perhaps I’ll paint them.

I’m thinking clay may not be my medium, but I’m going to keep at it for awhile and see what I can do. I have to try everything you know. It’s only fair. 🙂

I had no idea what I was doing either. There were no instructions with the clay, other than to knead it and I couldn’t figure that out at first because it was hard as a rock. So I muddled my way through by cutting chunks off of the block and wetting them until it was pliable, then molded away. I’d say I need a class in this stuff, what do you think? I clearly don’t have any kind of technique down, and I am probably teaching it to myself all wrong!

It’s been fun though and that’s what matters!

Anyone have any horror stories about working with clay?

New Art Supplies!

I picked up some new drawing supplies today and what more fun could I have with it than to color with my niece!


So today’s masterpieces, are purely for the entertainment and quality time we got to spend together.

We reminisced, we chatted, we had a grand ol’ time catching up – It was basically all about the “girl” time.

 


In coloring ,there are no mistakes; just unique creations. -unknown

Still Life in Acrylic & Oil Pastels

For my parent’s anniversary I got them a flower bouquet, little did I know at the time it was going to be a source of inspiration for my next two works of art.

I created two pieces, both still life’s of the bouquet. I used oil pastels for the first replica:

 And for the second, I chose to use acrylics as my medium.

Here are both pieces side by side: