Well, it’s not really a traditional Workspace Wednesday, but this is what I’ve been working on the last couple of days! I’m putting my “Words” watercolour paintings in the shop.
It’s taken a little bit of time for me to reach the point where I’m ready to let go of these little paintings.. I’m not really sure why though, I should have done it a long time ago! I guess it’s one thing to show these paintings to you on the blog, and an entirely different thing to actually put them out there for someone to buy.. it’s scary!
Last week I was thinking about offering them as prints, but have since decided that I don’t want to take away from the uniqueness of an original artwork. And so, the original of each watercolour is in the shop now, and once it’s sold it won’t be restocked.
I would like to continuously add new original watercolours as I do them though, so keep an eye out in the shop for that over the next months :)
Three cheers for happy floral patterns! Are you sick of me and my floral obsession yet?? ;)
I’m completely in love with these prints by Anna Emilia.. especially the first one, which comes in a delightful A3 size!! Preeeetty.
You can find more of Anna Emilia’s beautiful work over on her website, or buy these gorgeous prints (and more!) at her shop! And you can find more floral love from me here and here.
Have a happy Friday!! Oh, and happy Thanksgiving for yesterday to everyone living in the US!
Found via Design*Sponge.
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here before, but my husband Dave collects old film cameras. He scouts them out at markets and online, brings them home, and is slowly working his way through, fixing and testing them.
Out of all the ones he’s collected over the years this little BOY one is my favourite. We’re not even sure if it works because we can’t find the right size film to go in it, but I thought he’d still make a cute watercolour.. :)
There are still things I wish I could fix about this drawing, but I’m trying hard not to dwell on it. He’s cute and that’s all that matters :)
I’m branching out. Brace yourselves. Now, instead of just illustrating words, I’m going to be trying my hand at objects. Here is my first attempt.. tadaa.. cup cake!
I drew it from a photo I found on the incredibly beautiful blog Call Me Cupcake. I had a bit of trouble getting the icing to look like it was meant to (with all those highlights and shadows and such) and just as I was finishing it off and outlining in black, my butter fingers dropped the black pen on the page, leaving a nice black streak up the bottom of the cup cake. A few choice words were said, let me tell you.
I tried desperately to make it disappear (and succeeded for the most part), but I think it’s fairly obvious I tried to fix it. Or at least, it is now that I’ve gone and told you about it! Just keeping it real over here.
Oh gosh.. I somehow just stumbled across PaperFashion and have spent the last hour going through the blog in complete awe. Katie Rodgers, the creator of PaperFashion, is an incredible watercolour artist and most of her blog and shop are made up of these gorgeous fashion illustrations…
I’ve got some serious insecurities creeping in about my own feeble attempts at watercolour now.. Oh to be able to draw like this!
Here are some of the prints you can buy in her shop.. aren’t they lovely?
You can find PaperFashion blog here, and also Katie’s two shops: here and here.
How’s that for some gorgeous Friday eye-candy? Have a lovely weekend, friends!
My inspiration for this one came from my very own husband, who has taken to saying this several times a day.
I was also testing out my blending skills in this one.. I think I did alright if I do say so myself :)
I love the basic Moleskin Notebooks.. there’s something truly beautiful about their simplicity. My favourite ones are the kraft cover, creamy paper, stitched binding variety. I always seem to have a few hanging around the house with bits and pieces written in them, and when I found these two tucked in a drawer I thought it might be fun to customise them. I fully understand that customising them has taken away from the simplicity I was just talking about, but hey.. it was fun and they look pretty!
So, here’s what you’ll need:
- Some blank-cover notebooks (I used Moleskin pocket-size)
- Paint brushes in various sizes/shapes
- Watercolour paints
- A tray you can mix your colours in
- A cup with some water in it
- A blank piece of paper or cardboard
Step 1: Put some of your chosen paint into your tray (you won’t need too much), and mix in some water with each.
Step 2: My flowers are a combination of just dabbing the brush onto the card, and making short strokes. If you’re not super experienced with watercolour (like me!), a good place to start is by experimenting with your brushes and paints on a blank piece card. Dab your brushes from different angles, drag them, press them lightly and heavily. Doing this will just help you get an idea of the different ‘flowers’ you can get with the different brushes. You may also notice that you’ll get different results with more/less water, so just play around.
Step 3: Once you’re feeling confident, start working on your notebook. It’s best to start from the top of your cover and work down so you aren’t dragging your hand through wet paint. I did my flowers in stages – blue/orange flowers (the biggest ones) first, then layering the rest over that. Wait for each layer to dry before doing the next. My final colour on each was a metallic gold watercolour, which made everything really stand out.
And that’s pretty much it! The colours and patterns you can do are only limited by your imagination.. have fun with it!
Note: I’m not an experienced watercolour artist, so I can’t guarantee that my methods in watercolour are really correct! I’m just going with trial and error :)
Not sure how I feel about this one.. I was having trouble getting the creativity flowing this week, and it probably shows! What do you think?
I’m not sure if anyone will pick it, but this quote is from Monsters Inc. (Mike Wazowski sings it to Celia at one point). It just randomly popped into my head the other day (I haven’t even watched the movie lately) so I took it as a sign :)
I’ve started branching out from painting words :) Making the first mark on the page was tough, but I managed to get through my first illustration! Here she is, caught in the wind..