Friday, December 18, 2015

Watercolor for Cardmakers- Online Card Class


The last couple of weeks have been super busy around here!

I have been burning the midnight oil (have not used that phrase since high school grammar class!) trying to complete  all the holiday commissions. After shipping all my open orders this morning, I decided to take a break for the rest of the weekend and catch up on my reading!

But before I did that, I thought of updating my blog!

First and foremost.....



Watercolor for cardmakers is back!

..and I will be taking a class and sharing all I know about expressive florals and leaves!
It has a wonderful line up of guest artists, so head over to Online Card Class for more info !
Registration is on and class begins on Jan 25th!

In other news, Club Scrap is having a blog hop tomorrow Dec 19th. If you purchased the Watercolor Christmas kit  or the stamps or the greetings kit and got some projects done, then be sure to join in tomorrow!



 And now....here is an overview of the weeks gone by...
..Sorry pictures are from my phone...so not really the best!

My newest and still a work in progress piece......a commissioned house portrait due next week!



 Another perspective of the same house......



A landscape WIP..



Lots of packing and shipping!...





That's it for today, have a wonderful weekend friends!




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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Watercolor Wreaths


Botanical illustrations have always caught my eye, be it in a textbook or on fine stationary. I love how delicate and detailed these works of art can be. But it is an art which requires a lot of patience and that is something I cannot boast of!  Also the most important thing is that it requires a lot more control and 'staying within the lines' ..if you may call it that..something which is totally against my nature of painting. I prefer large brushes loaded with water and pigment and prefer to just go for it ..nothing planned!

But since, am all about giving something new a try and seeing how it works for me, I decided to paint  something small and detailed. I started with some leaves and slowly built up a  wreath. It cannot be called a botanical illustration since I did not attempt to depict any particular plant species neither in form nor color. All I wanted to do was paint something small and botanical..the detail part of it was lost in translation !

Here are some of them that made it to Etsy.






I have used 140# watercolor paper and Winsor and Newton Artists watercolors. The sentiments are by Papertrey Ink.



The sentiment on the one below has been hand lettered using Sumi ink. I will be doing a post on my new dip pen finds very soon..so standby for that one if you are interested in hand lettering.











Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful week ahead!




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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Florals.


 It's been over a week since I blogged and I did not even realize it!

Lately, I have been sharing my work on Instagram and since most of my blog readers are also on IG, I feel they might have already read about my latest pieces there, and often postpone blogging about them !

But, today I received another message asking if I would continue using stamps for my watercolors and be doing any more videos? Since  I have been asked this before on YouTube, I thought it was time to update my viewers !

..a short answer would be.. Yes!

...a long one would be ..

Yes, I will be doing videos and be using stamps too, but currently am in the process of giving my Etsy shop a strong foundation . Back in July, when I opened on Etsy, I knew it was going to be a lot of work and would require a lot of commitment, especially in terms of time., but after the initial few days, it dawned upon me that running a shop even if it's online takes as much effort as a regular brick and mortar store!

I realized early on that if I did not adapt a schedule and organize my studio, I would not be able to do much in a day. I was running between stuff..painting, photography, shipping, household chores, errands and the list continued with not much getting done! If I did one, the others were pending and often it was the household chores that was put on the back burner!

So to get everything in order, I decided to put video making on hold, until after the holidays. Filming a video is very easy, since I am painting everyday and all I need to do is to push 'record', but the editing and voiceover takes a lot of time . Honestly, I think I don't know how to do it the easy way, because I see a lot of people put up a video almost everyday! Hopefully, I shall learn how to do it quick and easy  and start over!

Someone did suggest Periscope, but the fact that it can be viewed for a limited time, makes me wonder if it's worth the effort. I have missed watching some lovely demo's just because of the time difference or because I was unaware of when it would be up for viewing.

About using stamps, I shall continue to do so since I have a lovely stash with me, but for now, it's going to be originals painted by me and available for purchase over at Etsy!

And now for those who are not on IG and still love receiving updates from my blog..here are some new pieces ...


Last week, I picked up some QoR watercolors to try . I got the high chroma set especially for the Quin magenta. I love the vibrancy and  they stay vibrant even after drying! If you are looking for some new watercolors ..try these...they are simply wonderful!

                     
                         Pink Flowers-  QoR watercolors on Arches 140# CP watercolor paper.


               
                                Bird- W&N on Canson 140 # CP watercolor paper.


                               Orange and green   -     QoR watercolors on Arches CP paper.



That's it for today....thanks for stopping by and  for those in the US have a wonderful Thanksgiving week ahead!






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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Grateful For...



My hand lettering practice has made me confident enough  to write on my finished pieces of work and I must say I am loving it ! It has added a whole new dimension to my watercolors and I am simply loving the thought of all the innumerable possibilities!

Here are some I did last week...
..all of these are now available on Etsy..check them out!



















Thanks so  much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!



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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hand Lettering


Before I begin with my post for today, I would like to THANK all my readers for the comments and emails and messages congratulating me on my first print release...each one was read with gratitude and thankfulness . I truly appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment or write me an email. I hope to continue inspiring you through my art and wish every single reader of mine would pick up a brush and start painting....I promise it's truly meditative!

Apart from basking in the warmth of the Club Scrap release, I did do some hand lettering. After all the practicing that I had been doing lately, I, finally, had the confidence to use it on my final pieces of artwork. Of course, am not taking any chances with it and am doing the lettering 'before' I do the artwork!

Here are some of the pieces ......all of them are now available on ETSY



Here is one where I did some miniature work using a teeny tiny 00 brush!


      Miniature work on 140# CP paper

It's a first for me...never used such a tiny brush before for an entire painting! I have reached for a 0 before, but just for final details and have quickly put it away for fear of fiddling too much and ruining the entire work! In fact I tell anyone who asks me about brushes, to pick the largest that they are comfortable with and to stay away from tiny ones!

I feel one needs a LOT of patience to work on a small scale and even more patience to deal with a number 0 or 00 or even smaller brushes. It holds very little paint and one tiny stroke and it's time to reload!

Hmnn..let's see if I reach for it again..since I do love the scale and look of this painting...will keep you updated!



And here am back to my regular no 6 sable..


 I used gold ink for this one. I loved how it turned out! It look a bit raised, almost like the gold embossing using embossing powder.

              Gold lettering on Arches 140#CP paper.






 Hope you enjoyed reading today's post...have a nice week ahead friends!





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Monday, October 26, 2015

Exciting News!...Club Scrap Guest Artist


 A couple of months back, Tricia, the founder of Club Scrap, messaged me with a thought...."would you be interested in doing some artwork for Club Scrap"?
...a simple sentence loaded with more than I could imagine!
......I did not reply immediately, since I did not know what it meant...artwork for a scrapbooking company?..WOW that was huge!

Here I was just going about my day doing what I did everyday...painting watercolors and suddenly a door was opened which filled my ordinary day with an air of opportunity and excitement!

After many many questions which were patiently answered by Tricia, I found myself collaborating with Club Scrap for a special edition project!

For the very first time...my watercolors have been printed and you will find them in a couple of different collections..

Watercolor Christmas

Greeting cards

Scrapbook collection

I cannot but thank Tricia Morris for this wonderful opportunity! That she saw potential in my work and thought it good enough to be shared with her members is a huge encouragement for me.Thank you Tricia and your  wonderful team ! The collection looks awesome!

Here is a link to their blog and announcement.

Tricia has some lovely videos showcasing this collection..check them out..

Video 1

Video 2

video 3

Here are the original pieces that have turned into Club Scrap Collections!












Thank you for stopping by and sharing my excitement!
Have a wonderful week friends!



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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Dip Pens-Calligraphy



Last week, I got my dip pens out to try my hand at calligraphy!

For a long time now, I have wanting to be able to write quotes on my artwork in the beautiful copperplate style. After a week of practice, all I can say is..I  do have a 'long way' to go before I get a hold of the slant and strokes. I struggled so much with the downstrokes that I did not even bother trying any particular style of calligraphy! All I wanted to do was get the thick and thin letters right!
..will get there eventually, until then shall keep practicing!

In fact, the other day, I met a calligrapher at the art store and she recommended I get the oblique nib holder which would help me get my slant and also improve my strokes. I tried looking for that holder, but looks like it's very popular and was out of stock everywhere! Will post my find if and when I get one!

If you know where to find an oblique pen or have any suggestions on how to improve my calligraphy...please leave me a comment! I need all the help I can get!



In other news..I have something exciting coming up next week..will share more soon...maybe as soon as Monday..standby!

And here are some watercolor pieces from this week...it was a slow week when it came to painting because I spent most of my waking hours practicing my calligraphy!



On Etsy.. Mason Jar -Watercolor on 140 # Sennelier Rough watercolor paper and M Graham paints


Watercolor On 140# Arches Rough ..0n Etsy










That's all for this week...Happy Sunday!



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