Friday, April 17, 2015

Semi-Abstract Flowers

Original Watercolor Flowers, Semi-Abstract Style by Elise Engh: Grow Creative

I've painted many flowers in my five years experience with watercolor and I probably will keep painting them for the rest of my life.  This time I took a more abstract approach and it was so fun!  I love painting wet on wet when I can.  I think my favorite paintings are the ones that look the most fluid.
Original Watercolor Flowers, Semi-Abstract Style by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Flowers, Semi-Abstract Style by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Flowers, Semi-Abstract Style by Elise Engh: Grow Creative
Original Watercolor Flowers, Semi-Abstract Style by Elise Engh: Grow Creative

So are you abstract flower kind of person- or a realistic flower kind of person?  I think I'm somewhere in between :)


Monday, April 13, 2015

Photos of the Week

Few things are more beautiful to me than how the world looks (and smells) right after it rains, and by the world, I mean Utah.  It hardly ever rains here so when it does, I notice the small things like............... water drops clinging to lilacs,

purple lilacs with rain drops: growcreative
purple lilacs with rain drops: growcreative

how much brighter the sun seems,
yellow flowers in the sun- basket of gold: growcreative

and reflections in puddles.  It's good stuff.  Don't miss it!
rain puddle reflection: growcreative


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Recycled Watercolor Flower Garlands


I like to recycle my old paintings, my mess-ups and experiments.  It seems such a waste to throw away good watercolor paper.  

Thank goodness I have a large flower paper punch and a sewing machine!  When you cut up the mess-up paintings, you can hide the fact that they are, in fact,  mess-ups.  

Recycle old watercolor paintings in paper flower cut-outs
Recycle old watercolor paintings in paper flower cut-outs

To make a garland out of these:
  • Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch possible. 
  • Sew straight across one flower and feed in another very closely behind it to not leave much of a gap. Then continue with the rest of the flowers.
  • When you have all the flowers attached, sew a second line down through all the flowers about a quarter of an inch apart from the first, to keep the flowers facing forwards and keep them from turning.


Flower Garland made out of recycled watercolor paper: Grow Creative
Flower Garland made out of recycled watercolor paper: Grow Creative
Flower Garland made out of recycled watercolor paper: Grow Creative
Flower Garland made out of recycled watercolor paper: Grow Creative