I just had to try some simple landscape painting exercises to see how my new set of paint will work on new paper. If you paint with watercolors, you know how different results can be achieved when you use different paper or pigments. This time I have rough surface 96lb paper. Lifting technique doesn’t work well on this paper. I wouldn’t use it for my final artwork, but it is good enough for quick sketches or even miniature paintings as Art cards. Ideas for the sketches were offered by one of many free lessons you can find in internet (I hope I will locate it again to be able to give a credit to the author). I find it interesting to see how other artists teach and share their tips.
Continue painting in my Art journal. I like textured surface, so at first I applied Flexible Modeling Paste to the paper with palette knife. Let it dry completely. This medium dries very fast on paper. Then I painted a primitive landscape sketch with acrylics. For my exercising I mixed all different green colors. For this painting I used only primary colors and white.
art journal page
Quick sketch in watercolors is one of the best ways to create a handmade greeting card, because the bare minimum of time and materials needed. I like creating winter sceneries and winter bird’s images for the Winter season greeting cards.
I use acid free Strathmore watercolor Blank cards with plain envelopes.
I am beginning a new series of a miniature art pieces in a form of a Greeting card. I enjoy painting with watercolors on a small scale. The cards are painted on the 5×7 in Strathmore cold press watercolor paper. The paintings are mostly quick sketches of the landscapes, seasonal sceneries, and some images of the wild life/birds.
Mixed media acrylic painting. I was experimenting with the color combination. Once I clipped from the magazine a little piece of the painting (partial image of the bicycles) with the attractive color palette: Lemon yellow-Orange (Cadmium Red light hue)-Navy blue. There are Black and White paints in the mix of these colors, too. I collaged the magazine clipping to my background and painted the rest of the bicycles’ shapes. Then I painted the rest of the piece to illustrate the inspirational quote from A. Einstein: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep balance, you must keep moving”.
This page was created as intuitive painting. Background is collaged with newspapers (previously sprayed with black paint) and tape transfer. This little image gave me the color combination of Blue+ Orange, which is one of my favorite on the color wheel. I added the wash of blue acrylic paint to the background, then stamped orange squares using acrylic paint and foam stamp to repeat the orange color on the tape transferred image. The last step – loosely sketched the horse’s face. I like when background becomes a part of the main image.