Paint a garden in October: Free Refrence photo's

Oh NO! The flower gardens are drying up, and the bright colors of summer are turning muted and greyish brown. I have to preserve those beautiful summer colors that I wish could stay around all year long, Who is with me on that?
Learn watercolor through painting florals

I am so excited that Angela Fehr is opening her loose and lovely floral class starting October 1st. Not only that, she is going to have a special facebook group and videos to help all students that are enrolled in her lovely loose floral class to excel with watercolor! I love the live video content from her, she has repeatedly answered my questions on her live feed, and I am able to get an insight into how she conducts her paintings. I am really enjoying the process of watercolor, Angela has really helped me learn that the process of painting should be a joy of painting.

I hope you follow along with me, and Angela with her interactive class! 

To get you motivated I wanted to share with you some of the floral pictures I have been sitting on to paint. If you see one you like to use it for a reference, inspiration, Creativity is meant to be shared and I love to take pictures of flowers. Just give me credit, and share with me your painting!

Loving these colors, (this was taken at the Flower and Garden Expo at Epcot.) 

I just love the Characteristics of these flowers, I hope to create these flowers in my own artistic interpretation. 

I had to make this BW, the Value is wonderful, looks like a fun loose painting at it's finest!

I love this color combo!

a simple warm-up that was inspired by the class. 
experimenting with brushwork, I love the bright and cheerful mood this painting gives.
Painting a rose warmup.

This is one of my favorite florals I have painted, thanks to the lovely loos floral class. 

I truly hope that if you are wishing to expand your watercolor skills that you take the time to take this class while Angela has it open for enrolment. Can't wait to see what you can create! I can't wait to see what I can create!  Creativity knows no bounds! Let's learn together!

If you are wondering when and why to include some art in your day, I recommend reading Art Before Breakfast. It changed how I view creativity and painting every day. 

Disclaimer, I am an affiliate for Angela Fehr, When you click on a class through my blog and purchase a class, you are supporting my blog.

5 minute floral cards With Watercolor: my insights

I stamped the rose in both corners, bleeding the stamped image, watercolored it in a gestural way (which really means fast and I wasn't paying to much attention to the lines.) then stamped the rose a third time and cut that third rose out and placed it where it needed to go. (usually behind a mistake.) 

I am a very impatient person, and because of that, watercolor is my main choice of medium. I also know that my style is minimalistic, I don't want or need all the extra doodads  I love the simple lines, and textures that I am able to create. 

I am always looking for that just right floral stamp with a simple sentiment to make for a close friend or family member. I thought I would share some of my insights and techniques. With links to help you learn that technique. 

The big bloom rose stamp from Taylored Expressions is one of my go-to floral stamps. Here (above and lower picture,) has so many uses, I am showing two composition ideas. The stamp is the main focus, so I tried to keep it simple, letting the line work be the main art. 

Taylored Expressions Big Bloom Rose. used watercolor paper with watercolor brush markers to add the tone and value, to get the color to blend I used a water brush. Added a sentiment from Taylored Expressions to polish up the card. 

What is it about line stamps that I love, It's so open-ended... This is a simple card that really could be done in multiple times really fast and easy and you can make multiple panels and come back and add a sentiment for when you need a card for the right occasion. I used embossing powder and heat set it to resist the ink/or watercolor. It really was super easy. I made like 5 panels with this simple stamp from Stampendous. Then I used the smoosh technique to add some color, keeping a careful eye where the ink is at. Then added a sentiment, This card works because of the rules of thirds and compositionally it's pleasing to the eye. 

This Flower is a Penny Black Brush stroke stamp, It's such a fun stamp to use! Here is my tutorial on this. 

I enjoy a good watercolor wash on cards. Meaning not a whole lot of watercolor painting goes into the card, you use the stamp as the art, and enhance the stamped image with some watercolor. This works because all the art is in the stamp, and it's elegant the way it is. A simple card like this is great for so many occasions. (not ever card I think has to have a sentiment on the front.)

Brushos are great for 5 min. watercolor. Seriously, if you know your color theory, (working light to dark, primary colors first to secondary colors then this can become an easy card to make. I used a Penny Black stamp for this floral card, but any good line drawing of a stamp would work. 

My last 5-minute card was a simple wet into wet technique. Or WOW! you wet one pedal at a time and then dab in some paint and watch the paint wosh across the wet area. It's a fun process to watch. A bit delicate to do but the wow factor is there! The nice thing about this cad is I didn't use that many colors and you can get a lot of different hues.  This is a Stampedous stamp that works for so many spring occasions! 

If you are looking for a good watercolor card class I recommend Her Creative watercolor class from Angel, she is down to earth and has a ton of nuggets of knowledge to share about watercolor cards! Or you can join her online free classes (which is awesome if you are learning watercolor.)
One of my favorite watercolor card class!
One of the best free watercolor classes online- I loved it!

Transitions in life

A watercolor piece I had to paint recently to paint myself calm in the mist of our moving Chaos.

You know those life events that happen when you least expect it, That is where we are, We are in the process of moving and selling our house, and while I was hoping to get a ton of blog posts out this summer, I chose to live life with my kids and focus on my family a bit more than blogging. (I still have a young family of a 9-year-old, 6-year-old and a 4-year-old. Between going to speech visits and Occupational therapy ever other days this summer knocked me off of my blogging game.

Transitions in life or My transitions into learning more about what my kids need from a mother and moving has taught me to trust my heart and soul to do the right thing.

If living an artful life has taught me anything it's that as a creative I always can find a space and time to create and that is what really makes me happy!

Thank you for reading my insights, I really and truly hope that by October I will be back to posting at least 1 a week, and providing good content that will help you want to be creative!

Happy Creating!
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