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August 08, 2014

paint party friday, uh-oh...

I LOVE Fridays.
Each Friday I get to join in with wonderful, artistic, creatives from all over the world.
This party is brought to us by Eva and Kristin over at
Paint Party Friday, of course!

Today I say "uh-oh" in my post heading is because:
  1. I gave up on my painting
  2. It was not turning out well
  3. I lost my motivation 
Regardless I am posting today for some possible help from all the creative artists playing today!

This is what I wanted to color in with watercolor:
(it has been drawn in ink on watercolor paper)
This is what I have done with it:

I enjoy color, especially shades of greens and purples.
Nothing was happening here,
The paper got scratchy from the water and brush,

Maybe I need to watch some watercolor lessons.
I felt like a total beginner and gave up,
which really was what bothered me the most, lol!
I am sure there are others out there who have similar stories.

Any tips or suggestions?

Hopefully I will have something painted for next Friday!

Hugs to all!
Have a Happy PPF!!!


Valerie-Jael said...

Even scratchy it looks good. I am not good with watercolours, so sorry can't give you any tips. Valerie

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

I think it looks really pretty. It's been a long time since I've worked with watercolors. Sorry I don't have any help to offer.

GlorV1 said...

Looks good to me the way it is. I don't have no help either because my watercolors are blah.:) Maybe the background could have more color? It's fine the way it is, awesome job!

Netty said...

Loving the leaves. Happy PPF, Annette x


Li said...

I never did get the hang of watercolors. If you gave it to me...I might hide a few images in among the leaves. Like a fighting beta fish (they have those flowy sort of fins), maybe a woman whose hair blends into the leaves...

Beth Niquette said...

What a beautiful piece-so graceful and flowing.

Giggles said...

Here`s the thing I never noticed the water color until I read what you said! I was focused on the beautiful lines.... I have trouble with water colors myself!! I think the lines are so gorgeous!

Hugs Giggles

Faye said...

Rasz, I think it looks good. I do notice that if I use the cheaper watercolor paper, it does not hold up and I get paper that begins to come loose in small areas when I get it too wet. I am too cheap to buy that wonderful paper that most artists use since what I produce is not that good anyway. Maybe I should use it. I have some tablets my dh bought me. I don't know what I am saving it for! One suggestion for making the leaves stand out is more contrast. Your green and your purple are similar in value. Since you have done a lot on the background, maybe the leaves could be made a little darker. I don't know if it will work for you or not. (Try it on a scratch sheet first!!!)

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Well I am with most of the others. I can't so don't use water colors. I don't think anything is wrong with this painting. I love the way it flows and the colors are great.

Zafaran Art Gallery said...

Loved the intricate lines of the leaves and the color green in your painting.

denthe said...

Hmm, I don't really see anything wrong with this at all. It has beautiful lines and colours. I'm not very experienced with watercolour, but I think the kind of paper you use can make a big difference.

Kirstin McCulloch said...

I really like what you have done, but I have found the cheaper the paper the less water + blending you can do before it seems to peel.
With cheaper paper I found wetting the paper first (where you want the colour to go) + saturating your water colour + using a really wet brush can give an interesting effect.
Have you seen any videos where they use rock salt + alcohol on water colours? Very cool backgrounds.
But like I said - I think it looks fabulous x

Kyra Wilson said...

Sometimes you have to walk away, and sometimes you have to switch tactics. :) I think with what you were doing, you probably wanted to lightly wet it first, then apply color. Now, if you don't like it, why not experiment with something else and see what happens?

Magic Love Crow said...

I don't work with water-colour my friend, sorry! But, I do think your creation looks brilliant! I really mean that! Big Hugs ;o)