Today I watched the video of “Water color sketching” week 2 from Strathmore workshops. (*Edit The Strathmore classes change each year and this one is no longer available.) So inspiring! The bonus video where the instructor paints a building from a photo is awesome! The painting turned out way cooler than the picture and she made it look so easy, I had to break out the paints! Have you ever watched the Bob Ross painting videos? The ones where you watch him paint from blank canvas to finished art and it looked so easy you think you could probably do it too? It was like that, but you didn’t need a bunch of different brushes and scrapers and expensive oil paints! I just played around a bit since I don’t use watercolors much, tried making color washes and doodling flowers and blending colors. Making one color bleed into the other is so cool! (sounds violent or morbid but totally isn’t, lol) I really want to actually paint something, but don’t know what….something good for a beginner but not boring….hmm, have to think about that one. Here’s what I have so far:
I can’t bring myself to paint over the washes because I love how they look! I think I’m going to save this paper and turn it into a journal page in the future. I have no problem cutting it up, but I can’t paint over it! Maybe in the future I will be able to at least write over the colors…I also used the new stamp I carved that looks like wood grain. (How much fun is carving your own stamps?! So addicting!)
Got a little flower happy, doodling flowers and blending colors. The flowers ended up in the corner of my first page, in a page in my art journal, and all over their own page. And I don’t think I’m done with them cause you can never have too many flowers! Unless they are real and you are allergic, thats different….but anyway. Between the color washes and the flowers I am having a great time with the water colors! The strathmore workshops are free if you want to check them out.
30 Days of lists
I haven’t had any trouble keeping up with the lists like I thought I might. Attention span of a goldfish sometimes, but so far so good! Can’t believe we are at #11 already, the month is almost half over! (0_o)
You can see my newly carved stamps in List #10: a cloud, wood grain block, and gir (the robot disguised as a green dog from invader Zim) Can’t decide what I want to carve next!