Friday, July 25, 2014

In the Works

Crochet Zig-Zag Chevron Blanket

I started another crochet blanket.  This time it's a chevron pattern and I'm putting all of my yarn left-overs in it.  It may take me another year to finish, but it's going to be awesome!

Crochet Zig-Zag Chevron Blanket

And then,

I'm getting some digital watercolor freebies ready for next week...... so stay tuned!

watercolor butterfly, hearts, flowers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Look at my Sketchbook

garden vegetable pencil sketches by Elise Engh

I love sketching outside in the summertime!  This time I filled a few sketchbook pages with stuff from my garden and yard.

garden vegetable pencil sketches by Elise Engh
Feather and Twig Pencil Sketch

Flower Pencil Sketches

And then I had to make up some fun summer fruit designs too :)

Summer Fruit Design Sketches

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Abstract Stripes Watercolor Tutorial

Abstract Stripes Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Ok, I realize that I make a lot of stuff with stripes.  I recently concocted a new abstract watercolor design using them. They're just that cool!

Here's how you can make your own:

watercolor paper (any size)
watercolor paints
paint palette
watercolor brush- a small flat one works best
paper towels

Step 1:  Choose your color scheme and mix up the colors you need on your palette.  If you are really stuck on what colors to use, find a photo that grabs your attention and use the colors from it.  Just try not to use too many colors.

I based my painting off of this photo I took of my veggies and flowers last year. I didn't stick to the exact colors,  but you get the picture.  It's inspiration!

Step 2:  Imagine (or draw) your paper divided equally into thirds.  Start painting lines of slightly different thicknesses and lengths along the top third section- painting from left to right (if you are right handed).  You can paint them right next to each other in places, so the paint mixes, or leave more space between in others.  

Switch colors often and randomly. This is kind of a pain because you have to rinse your brush in between each change, but the effect is worth it! I wiped my brush on some paper towels after each rinse to soak up the extra water. That way the pigments stay more saturated and bright.

Abstract Stripes Watercolor Painting Tutorial
Abstract Stripes Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 3:  Once your top line is finished, move on to the middle and bottom sections repeating the lines and placing the colors randomly. Let it dry and tadaaa!  All done!

Abstract Stripes Watercolor Painting Tutorial
Abstract Stripes Watercolor Painting Tutorial

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