Eastern Blue Bird Watercolor Painting
I recently had surgery on my left foot last month, unable to walk around much I am confined to a chair more often than I like. I have tried to make jewelry but I just can’t seem to say focused and I neve seem to have the supplies or tools I needed within arms reach so I quickly became frustrated. I have often admired watercolor painting and thought I’d watch a few videos to get an idea if this was something I thought I could actually do. I was intrigued by the soft flowy effects by some of the skilled artist. They made it look so easy… like anyone could do it. So, I thought why not give it a go. I borrowed paints and purchased paper and sat down to paint. Well, as it turns out it’s not so easy. There are things that ya just don’t know until you invest time and yes, money too. Like for instance that quality paint, paper, and brushes are essential. You don’t have to break the bank but if you think this is something you will enjoy it’s worth spending a little extra time and money to get decent supplies. I did just that. Not the best but got good enough to learn with without getting frustrated that my painting was working like the demonstrators.
My first painting I started was of bumble bees. I followed what the demonstrator was doing, making modifications with the colors of paint I had and starting painting a bee! I was so excited that my bees were actually looked like bumble bees. This was encouraging to say the least. I had to stop for the day, but I was hooked and I ordered a few more paint colors. The next time I was able to open my paint set I thought I’d start with something easier for a beginner where I could learn more about brush strokes and how to mix colors. I found a one hour tutorial on the Michael’s website. Admittedly it was a fast class for someone with on watercolor experience, but I was able to stop the video till I was ready to proceed. I’m no Picasso but I think my Eastern Blue Bird looks pretty good for my first bird painting.
I find watercolor painting relaxing and good for the soul. As an instant gratification kind of person, I like that I can finish a painting in one setting, I don’t have to wait too long for the paint to dry before I add another layer. My mind is relaxed and I don’t even notice the pain in my foot. It certainly keeps me still and occupied which is making my recovery more enjoyable. As an added benefit it’s easy to take anywhere. There is little to pack and sets up quickly. 😊
If you want to give it a try here is the video I watched.
Here is a printout of the drawing of the blue bird you can trace if you don't want to free-hand the drawing.
Here is the printed instructions from the video
I did not have all the colors or supplies listed on the video but here is a list of the supplies I used:
I'd enjoy hearing from you drop a comment below. Enjoy!
Neighbors encouraging each other. We invite you to participate and add your painted rock.
After some pretty strong winds our sign had fallen and broken. I knew I had to get the paints out and make a new one. I used a recycle floor tile, craft paints, and sealed with several coats of clear acrylic. It was a fun project. I made it much brighter in color. Ed and I designed a frame that now hangs the tile securely in place. The garden is growing, it's so fun to see others thoughts, art work, and words of encouragement. For me, it rewarding to have neighbors and park visitors stop and chat about the rocks and brainstorming what they plan to paint on a rock. I hope to see more painted rock and encourage anyone interested in adding to it. I look forward to seeing your rock soon.
If you need directions: see this previous post
These decorative cinder blocks are part of a larger project to makeover a tired and underutilized garden area. The area was flat with some existing plants and river rock, but pretty lifeless and boring. Keeping with our mantra of to cut down on waste in the landfills we planned an echo friendly project using as many recyclable objects as possible. The inspiration came from Mexican style tiles, I love the colors, and the feeling of playfulness in the artistry. Color, height, durability, and function were key elements in our design process.
Design: height with visually pleasing, colors, playfulness, and holes for plants
Concrete Blocks: collect used blocks from around the house, clean, prime the blocks
Color & Design: researched the web for design ideas, and rummaged through paint stashes to come up with a color pallet
Hand painted each block, some needed several coats, then sealed with block sealer, and allow to dry for several days.
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On to the next items needed. I will keep you posted on the progress of the larger garden makeover.
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Hi, I'm Janise Crow a jewelry designer and mixed-media artist. Here you will find our latest projects, experiments, and even how to's.