Watercolors

Monochrome magic!

Hey there!

It is quite hard to juggle between so many social media “thingys”. Facebook, Instagram, blog, twitter. At some point one or the other is bound to suffer, and usually it is my blog.

I have been doing a lot of artwork lately. My crafting is at a complete stand still for now. πŸ™‚ I will be resuming them soon.

There comes a time when a certain color or a certain style becomes your favorite and you just can’t stop incorporating them in your artwork. My latest obsession is “viridian” hue and monochromes!

Viridian to me is special as it has a spooky feel to it and the range of values it has to offer is simply subperb!

So I started of with this painting by doing a basic flat wash…20180330_152154 (1)

After the basic wash, I started building up the layers beginning from the lightest values. It is easier to build up color rather than removing it. This is one of the things to remember when using watercolors. πŸ™‚

The trees done it light values will appear to be receding in the background, where as the darker ones will come out in the front. This play of values gives the painting a very misty and ethereal feel.

This is how it looked when I was done with it. πŸ™‚

It really is amazing the things we can achieve with a limited palette!

I might be doing more of these in different colors. This was too much fun!

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Till then.. Have a colorful day!

Stay awesome!

S.

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Watercolors

Flowers and hearts

Hey there!

I have been working on a few huge things and they have been taking up all my time.

This little painting was something that just sprang up in my mind. Violet flowers were actually what I had been craving to paint.

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman water colors on 180 gms.Β  Canson sheet. The brushes that I used were no. 3 and 6.

I have a heart shaped coaster that I used for the outline, then I masked it and painted loose flowers in it in no particular order. That was it!

easy peasy …lemon squeezey!

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Hope to be back soon with something new…

Till then,

have a flowery day!

 

S.

Watercolors

Bougainvilleas…

Hey there!

After a huge Art block (I have them quite frequently..!), I picked up my brush again and started painting. It can be quite daunting, feels like you can never paint….

So… the best thing about a painting can be your minimal palette. I used only 2 colors here, Rose madder and Sap green. I also used glazing as the only technique.

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I wish I had better light to capture the layers more effectively. The actual work is more prominent with the layers.

I’m off to paint a bit more, while I still have my block… blocked πŸ˜‰

Till then,

Have a beautiful day

 

S.

Watercolors

Can we talk in flowers?

“Can we talk in flowers?
It will be easier for me to understand.” – Nayyirah Waheed

Spreading paint on the paper as it rains is by far the best thing in my life. This is my happy place when everything around me is falling apart. Thankfully it rains a lot in this part of the world… the beautiful African coast of Cote d’ivoire.

My crafting is on a stand still as I have no craft supplies here, so watercolors are my main focus these days.

It rains at least 3-4 times a week here. Very tropical! Yes the sun does come out and everything is bright and cheery after a good spell of rain.

So, it rained again and I instantly took out my paints and brushes and sat outside and started a painting…. Wet on wet.

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I started with the flowers first…using the wet on wet technique. Then as they were drying, I started off with the stems and leaves. I used medium yellow and crimson for the shades in leaves.

Once the flowers were almost dry, I lifted a bit of paint with a clean brush from the petals and once they were completely dry, I added the pistil part.

 

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And this is how it turned out.

Hope you like it.

Happy Fri-yay y’all!

S.

Watercolors

Autumn is here!

Hey there!

It’s the start of autumn everywhere, but in this beautiful part of the world… the weather is the same throughout the year. So we have rain every couple of days and me being a rain lover, enjoys it to the max!

A few days ago, it got quite hot and then all of a sudden it rained…

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It rained for 6 hours straight and I was instantly inspired. I sat outside with a cup of tea and started painting… and even though I see greenery all around me, it was fun painting in the rusty hues….

And once I was done, this is how it turned out! πŸ™‚

Quite pleased with it … what do you think?

 

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More to come… Stay tuned…

Happy Autumn…

S.

Watercolors

Some more watercolors…

Hey there!

This painting is a warm up that I did a few days ago. This was done on my rough watercolor pad, that I keep with me for quick inspirational sketches. I used Reeves watercolors for this one.

It was a wet on wet, freehand painting with no initial sketch. I love these quick free flowing drawings, as you never know how they’ll end up being.

Here is the pic of when I started painting…

 

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See? No pencil marks to be seen. I went with the flow. It’s fun to trust your instinct and let it take you places..

Once I was done with the painting, I used yellow gouache to paint the center of the flowers. I wanted opacity for the center and gouache seemed a sane choice. πŸ™‚

So, this picture below is how it turned out. I am quite happy with it. πŸ™‚

 

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What do you think ?

I have loads more to show you… .so pop by soon .. !

Till then,

Have a colorful day!

S.

Watercolors

Hey there!

Sorry for the long break. We moved from one continent to the other. πŸ™‚ And for the first few months, I had no craft supplies. The.toughest.time.ever!

So, when I went back to my home country(where i shipped all the supplies), I made sure I brought back a few things.

So! Even though I still don’t have all the supplies, I am trying my best to make the most of the time we have here. The culture, the people, the landscapes and oh! the beautiful tropical weather!

Here is what I have been busy with… πŸ™‚

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This canson that I used was bought from here in Abidjan. It is very easy to get hold of French supplies from here. The paper was 224 gms and quite sturdy. I guess I’ll be buying more of these.

And this below is the finished painting. I used poster colors as well as water colors and watercolor pencils as well. πŸ™‚

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I have a few more things coming up. So stay tuned. πŸ™‚

 

Till then,

Have an awesome day!

S.

crafts

Stained wine glasses…

 

Hey there!

How about some late night blogging… It is 12:30 am here and here I am posting about crafty stuff. Passion has no time limits…right?

So, here are my stained wine glasses that I made for Valentines day. So happy that they sold. πŸ™‚2017-01-24_14.31.48

and here is the other design that I did in silver and gold.

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Now I am thinking of making a set or two of my own πŸ™‚

Good night my crafty friends… sleep well!

S

card making, crafts, greeting cards, paper craft

Gate fold card 2

Hey there!

Salam!

My life is on a full force roller coaster, as if it didn’t have enough adventures already! I spent the last night trying to fit in all our belongings in all the suitcases and cartons I could find at home, while my hubby was throwing up all around the place. Poor soul is severely under the weather.. then we rushed to the E.R and after an hour or so of check ups and medicines, we came back home. I hope he gets better soon. 😦

So, coming back to the crafty life of mine… this card is from my previous makes, and the status of this card is – SOLD. πŸ™‚

I love my DCWV scrap book paper and this floral series is one of my favorites. So, I made another gate fold card, which turned out surprisingly pretty.

Here is how it looks πŸ™‚ .. I hope you like it.

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So, I added handmade paper flowers that I punched out. Added sequins for the center of the flowers. A touch of glitter is a must … hehehe, and the yellow ribbon to hold the flaps in place was the finishing touch. πŸ™‚

What do you think?

I’ll be back with a few more intresting makes… so stay tuned.

Till then,

Have an awesome day!

S

crafts, paper craft

Spring wreath

Hey there!

Happy Monday to you all…

I’ve been under the weather for a couple of days. Travelling does exhaust me… Β I’m still unwell but I had to log in to show you this spring wreath I made.

I used crepe paper to cover up the wreath and touched it up with a dusty pink ribbon.

The flowers are all handmade along with the buds and leaves… I added a die cut butterfly and that was it. πŸ™‚

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Here is a closer look at the flowers…

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The shading on the flowers was done by chalk pastels.

This is by far the quickest wreath I have ever made…. πŸ˜€ and I actually like it a lot!

There is still a lot more that I have to share with you…

So do check by soon…

Till then,

Have a beautiful day

S