Friday, 26 May 2017

Rose Challenge #6 & #7

Hello Friends,

I watched (and re-watched several times) a Donna Dewberry tutorial today on painting cabbage roses. It took me a while to catch on to her techniques and I threw some of my own spin on the paintings as well, but I am quite pleased with how these two roses turned out.
The reason I did a 2nd painting is that I got fed up with the first and grabbed another piece of watercolor paper to start over. The 2nd painting is actually the first one I started off with. My attempt at Donna Dewberry's leaves was a flop so I just kept my leaves rather sketchy and loose.
The biggest difference between these two roses and the first five I did is that I did not sketch anything first.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Rose Challenge #5

Hello Friends,

Thank you for your dear compliments on the first four roses of my personal challenge. Would anyone else like to join me?

Here is #5, which I did this morning. I am making these small so they can go on cards and should work up fast. For today's rose, I used my Neo Colors II water soluble wax pastels. I did my initial drawing with the crayons directly on the page. Then I scribbled them on the tin case they come in and used my Pentel water brush to dissolve and apply them. I wanted the extra roses to sink into the background so I didn't do details.
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Blessing hugs,

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Rose Challenge

Hello Friends,

This past week I challenged myself to learn how to draw and paint a rose in various mediums. I already showed you my first rose, done in water colour paints. Here it is again.
I did my 2nd rose in my journal, using pencil, pens and crayons.
For my next rose I attempted to use a reference photo from my online friend, Angela Hoynes at Crafting with Jack. You can find the photo, as a digi file, on her blog. I did this one in Gelatos, after drawing it with a pencil. I rubbed the Gelatos stick on my palette, added water and applied with a paint brush. These were okay, but they did not flow as nicely as my Yarka semi-moist pan water colour paints.
My 4th rose was the biggest challenge for me. I started off with a pencil drawing and Gelatos. I reached a point where I liked it, but I didn't think anyone else would appreciate the fantasy element so I kept going until I absolutely hated it. Lesson learned here - paint to please myself first.

To fix it, I tried using acrylic paints. I worked and re-worked it until it was less horrible, but still pretty awful. This morning I got out my water-mixable oil paints (Reeves) and wasted a bunch of paint, trying to fix it again instead of just throwing it out. I shouldn't say I wasted the paint because it was a learning experience. Anyway, here is what I finally came up with.
Is this the end of the rose challenge? I don't know. I might need a break for a while or maybe I will persevere until I get it right. In the meantime, I am watching lots of rose painting and drawing tutorials. I should find a style that I like and can do, eventually.

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