Friday, July 18, 2014

#50 - Felted waterscape

#50 of 200...I am sharing a piece that I did for my art debut.  It is a felted seascape made with merino wool.  It is a made up location on my head, so no sunny beach that I have been too inspired this one.  But I am sure some of you do have that beach in your head.  Something about water has a calming effect on people...I need some calm in my life right now.

This piece is for sale, framed or unframed, however I don't have it listed on my Etsy shop but you are more than welcome to email me about it at 

Have a peaceful week-end.

~ Judy

Thursday, July 17, 2014

#49 - stencils and watercolor

#49 of 200...keeping it short and simple tonight.  I keep asking myself if I could use stencils with watercolors and I have found out the answer.  Yes you can if you are painting on Yupo papers but not of traditional watercolor paper.  This is because the paint stays on top of the Yupo paper rather than soaking in on watercolor paper.  The only trick is to leave the stencil on while paint dries or just about dried.

This painting was a much larger painting that I cut down.  It was supposed to be an abstract poppy but it didn't work out as planned so I cut it to fit the mat.  Oh well, off to try another.

Night ~ Judy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#48 - My wild purple iris

#48 of 200...I went to a painting class last night and our project is to draw a freeform iris.  I have to admit drawing a flower kind be challenging without seeing a real one so I had to google one when I got home!  haha...looks like mine is missing a little bit.

Anyways the technique was super easy and fun to do.  I wonder if it would work on Yupo?

Here is what it looks like framed.

I think next time I would make the petals a little fatter, but everyday is a learning experiment.

Have a good night ~ Judy

#46 & 47...just plugging along

#46 & 47 of 200...This week I'm trying to catch up for the missing days and complete those unfinished projects sitting on my desk I have to admit the heat here in Reno is getting to me, which is effecting creativity.  Some days I just want to sleep and other days I'm stir crazy from being inside in the air conditioning.  I so miss my morning walks

I hope you don't mind if this week is all watercolor or mixed media canvas projects.  Felting requires alot of physical activity and that doesn't sound fun right now.

Both of these cards were done on Yupo paper, watercolor paints and Higgins Black Magic waterproof ink.  This ink reacts nicely with the watercolors.

Both of these cards are on my Etsy shop, see like on sidebar!  What a great little gift to send to someone, a handmade original water colored card that they can frame.

Have a happy Tuesday! ~ Judy

Monday, July 14, 2014

Week-end Catch up #42- #45

Doing my week-end catch up on my challenge of 200 in 200 days.

Here is #42 through #45, and there are a few more unfinished projects to work on today!

Here I experimented with several papers and different mediums...watercolor paint, Dr. Martin Hydrus watercolor, FW fluid acrylic ink and Black Magic black ink.

You can see how each bled differently, but my favorite was Dr. Martin Hydrus & FW ink on the Yupo paper.  It seems to have more dimension.

Which one do you like???

And this tree was also done on Yupo paper to see what kind of textures I would get in the tree trunk.

I hope you liked this mini catchup post...more to come!


link to FW inks:

link to Dr. Martin Hydrus watercolor:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

#41 - Watercolor abstract on Yupo paper

#41 of 200 ...exploring what you can do with watercolor on yupo paper.  When I think of watercolor I think of landscapes, flowers, birds and so forth but I never have thought of abstracts until today.  You have to love YouTube!  I watched a few and many of them were doing techniques that I always thought of with collage or art journals.

Yupo paper is so forgiving, if you don't like something you can re-wet it and wipe it away.  So lay a stencil over the top and apply a wet napkin leaves the reverse of the stencil.

Think of all the possibilities!

 I know a crappy photo of it in the frame but I can't decide which direction I like it...horizontal or vertical?  Which do you like?

Go be creative! See you tomorrow. ` Judy

Monday, July 7, 2014

#40 - More Poppies

#40 of 200...I had too much fun doing my first big poppy, that I had to do two more. 
Each poppy takes on it's own style.  I shared these on Facebook and I have been asked to make some more.

Thought I would share how they look in frames. 

So what would you think of these done in wool?  I have so many ideas and so little time.

Happy Monday, ~ Judy

#39 - Watercolor poppy on Yupo

#39 of 200 artworks...decided to not say 200 days of painting because I have not posted everyday.  Mainly because I get busy or should I say distracted on week-ends.  I really do love Mondays, because I do my art like a business, working M-F during the day and some nights.
Anyhow, today's post is an experiment.  I have heard of Yupo paper but have never played with it.  It is popular for those who like to play with inks because of its slippery texture.  Read a little more and a few people have had success with watercolor paints.  So I had to try.

I LOVE the vibrancy of color that you get.  The paint takes a little longer to dry so you can move the paper and watch the paint swirl.  Then I added a little India ink to outline the poppy and just love how it bled into the orange.

Looks really nice in a frame and on my lime green wall.  Which got me thinking of decorating that guest room with a touch of orange!

I hope you start your Monday off on a happy foot!

See you tomorrow ~ Judy


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