EASY: Art inspiration from nature (leaves in watercolor pencil)

EASY: Art inspiration from nature (leaves in watercolor pencil)

Are you ready for fall and pumpkin spice yet!? I’m getting there. Just a little. I took a walk looking for leaves – not fall ones, just different sizes and shapes – and found THIS sucker – holy guacamole! Bigger than my head!

 

EASY Tutorial: Getting art inspiration from nature / Leaves in watercolor pencil

This is such an easy project, and I hope you’ll give it a shot! It uses powdered watercolor pencil, a technique I taught in Watercolor Pencil Jumpstart (which happens to be on sale this month like https://art-classes.com/product/watercolor-pencil-jumpstart/)

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Watercolor pencil leaf

The tea strainer is such a handy little tool isn’t it! It grates that powder to be able to create such great textures.

Addictive practice

Once I got started making these, I have to say – they became quickly addictive! I wanted to try all the leaves in my ginormous pile….thus all the other versions that will happen all week! (Read on for info)

Happenings at Artventure

To encourage you to step out and try out my new community at Artventure…..I’ll be posting daily videos over there! You can view it all on the web without an app, OR go download Mighty Networks to add to your phone or tablet. And it’s all free for now! The leaf videos will be in a free “class” you’ll need to sign up for but that’s just to keep them all together.

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you enjoyed today’s little leaf project – and that it’ll get you stoked to do more as fall nears where you live. Make cards, bookmarks, journal pages, or frameable art….so many possibilities!

Supplies

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7 Watercolor Pencil Scene Cards with regular pencil techniques

7 Watercolor Pencil Scene Cards with regular pencil techniques

Anita Jeram has new stamps with Colorado Craft Company – and I’m here for it! I still just love her stamps; there’s a lot of the stamping industry that is just the same ol’ same ol’, but Anita never lets us down!

NOTE: GIVEAWAY AND SALE ARE OVER.

I’ve got a bunch of watercolor pencil scenes to share today – it would have made the video too long to show all the coloring but see the notes above each of the cards below for ideas to use regular colored pencil techniques along with watercolor pencil techniques to add extra interest to them!

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Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

Which is your favorite?

The card demonstrated in the video is based loosely on a watercolor pencil technique in the Autumn scenes watarecolor pencil class – with some tips based on homework I’ve seen from students. It’s hard not to make quick little blobs look like a tree and not just a series of polkadots….so try seeing if my theory of saying to connect every third leaf makes sense to you?

  • Birdbath Friends by Anita Jeram EHCCC
  • The other stamp in this set is so sweet, looks just like my little G, staring at birds! ha!

    Snowbunnies! Oh my goodness what cuteness. For this scene, I used powdered pigment in the background and then sketched the trees on top and applied water to them, not to the sky. Worked out great!

  • Flurries of Fun by Anita Jeram EHCCC
  • The trees in this next card are from the Storybook Scenes Colored Pencil class – just adding water onto the trees instead of leafing them dry. Leafing. Get it? ha!

  • Keep Growing by Anita Jeram EHCCC
  • Who doesn’t love a conga line in the rain? I feel like I’d like to gather up the neighbors to do this once our rain comes back. It’s been sooo dry here! For the background on this card, I turned to the Rainy Days Colored Pencil class; the distant background was left with just that technique but I did add some baby wipe and water on a brush to the foreground to differentiate them from each other.e

    • Conga Line by Anita Jeram EHCCC

    Kitties in love! I immediately thought of mistletoe when I saw this stamp and turned it into a Christmas card! I did have to draw mistletoe, but just put a bow on some leafy greens and people will know just what it is supposed to be.

  • Whisker Kisses by Anita Jeram EHCCC
  • Last but not least – one more slimline card! This time with another storybook inspired background from the COPIC Winter Storybook class. Just had to translate the technique to change it up a little and it worked out great!

  • BIG Love by Anita Jeram EHCCC
  • Need more watercolor pencil inspiration?

    I have 27 tutorials assembled for your viewing pleasure!

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    • Colorado Craft Company Clear Stamps
      • Birdbath Friends by Anita Jeram EHCCC
      • Conga Line by Anita Jeram EHCCC
      • BIG Love by Anita Jeram EHCCC
      • Flurries of Fun by Anita Jeram EHCCC
      • Whisker Kisses by Anita Jeram EHCCC
      • Keep Growing by Anita Jeram EHCCC
    • Caran d’Ache Supracolor Watercolor pencils: BLICKAMZ
    • Stonehenge Drawing Paper: AMZBLICK
    Bokeh floral background in watercolor pencil

    Bokeh floral background in watercolor pencil

    The sweet folks over at Picket Fence Studios sent me a little care package – and when I saw this Bird of Paradise I knew I had to color it up! I found a pic on google with a bokeh background, and that was my inspiration.

    Video

    Watch the video below or click HERE to view on YouTube.

    I wasn’t sure this was going to turn out as well as it did but man – I was so thrilled! A few weeks ago I shared a video talking about being “in the zone” – and this card was surely one of those moments.

    I liked this so much I nearly didn’t even put it on a card! Watch for me to paint some bird of paradise flowers in World Watercolor Month on my fine art instagram account….that might happen!

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    Comparing papers for watercolor pencils

    Comparing papers for watercolor pencils

    What’s the difference between Hot Press, Cold Press, and Rough watercolor papers? Let’s try them out and see with a new stamp by Anita Jeram!

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    I chose to stick with one brand of paper – Arches – but others do carry papers in these same textures …though not all papers are equal and should be tested! The Rough is the bumpiest texture, Cold Press is easier for more folks too work with, and the Hot Press is very flat – helpful for stampers getting a crisp line, but the color performs very differently than the textured papers. See how!

    Arches Rough is one of my favorite for both watercolor pencil and watercolor itself. I love the edges that I can create with it – the big texture lends itself to it well.

    Arches Cold Press is likely the most popular of all the types of Arches – it’s got a texture but not SO much, so is especially easier for those just learning to handle the paper surface.

    Arches Hot Press is the flattest, it feels practically like cardstock, except it doesn’t pill up with water. For a smooth look it can certainly achieve it but the color doesn’t come across very strong. Choose darker colors when working with this paper if you want bigger contrast.

    Have you tested a variety of papers? I’d be curious to know what paper you’ve decided works best for you!

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    5 Ways to Apply Inktense Pencils

    5 Ways to Apply Inktense Pencils

    There are plenty more than 5 ways to apply Inktense Pencils – but it’s possible some folks don’t know these five, so we’re going for it today with one of the new release sets called “My Otter Half” by Sunny Studio Stamps…..let’s do this!

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    Video

    It feels like it’s been forever since I got out my Inktense pencils…they really are lots of fun, and very intense in color! Though my first attempt at this card was a tragic wreck; I tried doing the waves in the water, then going over it with a wash, and all the color melted unevenly – thus reminding me that inktense are not as permanent as people try to say! Anyway – I backed off and figured out a better way to do the water anyway, so without further ado….the video:

    The Inktense colors selected……I picked the Amber especially because I knew it’d likely be too yellow, and too close to the tan, forcing me to have an excuse to mix colors to show you how. (I use these pages to store my swatches.)

    My little tea strainer has lasted me quite a long time! I do keep the handle of it even though I don’t need it – that way this gets stored in a pencil cup where I can find it. Can you fathom looking for the little top grater portion?

    New twine I just picked up – I had a spool of off white twine that had lasted me ages and I needed something new for when a card needs just a little something – I went for the kraft this time.

    I used dark brown cardstock for a layer, then popped both up on dimensional adhesive.

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    Missing me? Missing cards? Missing dies?

    Missing me? Missing cards? Missing dies?

    Missing me?

    It’s only December 3. What the heck are you missing me already for? Lol. (But the threesome in the title seemed like it needed to be done!

    Thursday was the livestream painting session – go check out the replay below. Big thanks to all who came and made it an awesome time! The two large paintings – both the one painted in the video and my practice from yesterday – are for sale now here.

    Missing cards?

    While I’m on sabbatical from card videos, I’m not on vacation. I’m still working. And one thing I’ll work on in the evenings while watching tv: going back to some of my videos and putting together compilation posts with themes. They’ll be random ones; I’ll look at most-popular posts, or visual themes, or similar techniques, etc, and combine 4-6 reposts into one compilation like in today’s post. (This one is due to some new dies I heard about going live.)

    Not only will that give you some card ideas, and refresh some posts you might have missed – but I’ll be fixing the links in both these blog posts and the videos! You may recall I talked about my vanity salln.net urls going belly up, and this way I have small chunks I can tackle at a time.

    Alrighty, on to the compilation post!

    Missing these dies?

    Good news for collectors of dies to go with your stamps! Colorado Craft Company has a few of their older sets that now have dies – there are more than these, I’m just listing the ones I’ve got videos for, but search around on EH or CCC and you’ll find some others. Click on the photo to go to that blog post and see the video for the project, and I’m linking up the stamps and dies at both Ellen Hutson and CCC.

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    Vintage Santa

    Honey Bee

    Perfume Bouquet

    Sweet Friend Cupcake

    Other dies….

    Sorry, no videos from me with them:

    Your ideas, please!

    I’d love your suggestions for themes you might enjoy seeing pulled together this way – leave me comments with ideas!