Monday, June 29, 2015

Finger Painted Flower Bouquets

Whenever, I receive flowers my first thought, besides bring thankful, is how can I paint them? Last week, I talked about my new love of finger painting  So ofcourse when two seperate arrangements arrived at my door I started brainstorming colors and techniques I could use to paint them.

finger painted flowers 1

finger painted flowers 2

Monday, June 22, 2015

Good for the Soul

A few months ago, I dipped my fingers in acrylic paint and started twirling and tapping them on my paper. It might sound silly but what I found was relaxing and uplifting. Finger painting is really fun!!

Since then Ive been in a finger painting flower phase.  Its all very loose and abstract and can take more layers and time to complete but looking at a finshed painting is like a big, bright smile.    

inspired by Alisa Burke

Inspired by eAlisa Burke

Monday, June 15, 2015

Instagram Roundup

I post my art on Instagram @sprinkleonglitter


This Vera Wang dress is even perfect on the hanger with it's champaign color and glitter sleeves. Vera Wang says, " The key to falling love with something, anything. If your hearts attached to it, then your mind will be attached to it."

I love the delicatends of the black embroidery on the sheer white skirt by Christian Dior.

Happy Monday!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Watercolor Supplies


Watercolor is a super fun medium. I like how it's transparent and flowy and there are so many techniques to learn.   It is known for being difficult because it is activated by water and that makes it extremely difficult to correct mistakes. You can't simply lay on another coat to cover it up, due to its transparency. But it's nothing to be afraid of, at least I don't think so, you may have to make peace with your mistakes and that isn't always easy but watercolor is a quick and fun way to create art.

It doesn't take many things to start using watercolor but as you get into it there's lots of extras that can enhance the watercolor and make it a lot of fun.

The most basic things you need are:

1. Watercolor Paint
  Watercolor comes in either pans or tubes.
 Pans are hard, little cakes of color that need a wet paintbrush swept over them to work.  They are easily accessible, you can get a set of 24 at Micheals or Hobby Lobby for only a few dollars. Many pans tend to dry a little chalky and are less pigmented than tube watercolors. That's not to say watercolor pans aren't a good option, they are great for beginners and are easily portable.

Tubes are a tube of a single color you squeeze onto a palette, add some water and paint. Tube watercolors take up more space and you need an extra mixing palette but you have the ability to make it as thick or as thin as you'd like as well as mix as much or as little paint as you  want. Also, tube watercolors tend to have stronger colors.

Find watercolor pans here
Find watercolor tubes  here
2. Paper
  When I first started painting I wanted to believe that any heavy paper, 90lb or above would work. And yes, you can paint on it but you will not get the same affects on regular paper if it is not specifically watercolor paper. Using a lot of water on drawing paper or mixed media paper makes the paper buckle and excess water will pool in the buckles leaving blotches.   But hey, if you really want to paint and drawing paper is all you have- go for it!

Watercolor paper is made with cotton added to absorb the extra water and spread the color. 90lb paper is lightweight watercolor and studsnt grade. 140lb is medium weight and the most commonly used.
300 lb is dense, almost like cardboard , artist quality watercolor paper that is the least common.

After you choose you weight the next thing to consider is grain. The texture will make a difference of how your painting comes out, so if you are painting something important is good to consider which grain will work the best. There is three basic type rough, hot press,  and cold press.

Rough watercolor paper has a lot of texture because it is slightly bumpy and the paint settles in the little crevices.

Hot press watercolor paper is smooth, maybe even a little slippery, and makes colors appear brighter because of its slickness.

Cold press watercolor paper is a cross between rough and hot press paper.

You can find rough watercolor paper here
Hot press watercolor paper here
Cold press watercolor paper here

3. Paint brushes
    Paint brushes seem  really intimidating in the begining with all the shapes and sizes. To start out you only need a small, medium, and large brush. Round is the most versatile shape.  Over time you'll try out more and find the ones best suited to your work.

Find paintbrushes here

4. Cup and papertowel
    You'll need a cup of some sort to hold you water. Preferably two cups. One to rinse off you paint brush and one to wet it with clean water.
     A papertowel or sponge to wipe of your brush or absorb a spot of excess water.

5. Mixing palette
   A mixing palette is used with tube watercolors and to make you own shades and colors.  They come in all shapes, sizes, and materials from plastic to ceramic. A simple plastic one with a few small wells and a center well  is great to start.

When I started, I used pan watercolors and use the top of my watercolor set to mix my paint.

See watercolor palettes here.

6. Pen or pencil

   You may want to lightly  sketch out what your going to paint first with pencil or even outline it with pencil after the paint has dried.
  If you gave a waterproof pen, you can sketch with pen before you paint as well, but if it is not listed as waterproof than most likely it will bleed when water hits it.
 In either case, waterproof or not, you can outline it with pen after the paint has dried.

Here are some pencilsregular pens, and waterproof pens

Monday, June 1, 2015

5 supplies to Start Sketching

Supplies to start sketching are pretty basic.  I think it's best to have minimal supplies. It's easy to get overwhelmed with a lot of supplies if you aren't familiar with them and if you have a bunch of different things you probably won't know what to start with.

I also think it's not that important to have top of the line supplies in the beginning, either. If you haven't spent a lot on what you have it isn't as stressful if you make a lot of mistakes or to try something new.  There's supplies at all price points and there are even cheaper ones that function well. Sometimes you can even find good ones in the children's toy section. Every person likes different brands and there no way to know which ones you will until you try them.

5 things to start sketching.

1. Paper or sketchbook
  Paper is what you need to lay down your sketches on. You can use anything that can be written  on but if you want to consistantly draw or sketch, a  sketch pad is best.

The covers of sketchbooks out there  have tons of different names, mostly to tell you about the type of paper in the book. Different mediums need different weights and types of paper...sketching, drawing, mixed media, watercolor and so on.

Sketching and drawing are the most basic of papers. They don't have to be anything fancy.
A pad labeled sketch paper has lightweight paper for more gentle work. Drawing paper is a little heavier and designed for more details and layers.

Mixed media and watercolor sketchbooks are for when you want to add color with markers, paints, or whatever you can get your hands on.

I've read that photocopy paper or cardstock  is good for beginnings because it is heavy enough to handle a lot of erasing. Amazon has multiple kinds of cardstock and any sketchbook you can think of.

2. Pencils
 Drawing  pencils make your marks! A no. 2 scholastic pencil works fine and is great if you're a beginner. I've read, A lot of painters plot sketches of their paintings with mechanical pencils.

If you want something a little fancier or more artistic you can go for graphite pencils or charcoal pencils.

Graphite is more precise and charcoal is a lot messier and more abstract.

My choice is graphite.  Graphite pencils come in different grades numbering their hardness and darkness. All you really need is a few different grades to produce a wide range of shades 2H, HB, & 2B but you can also find sets of 12 or 24 pencils in all grades. This is a good explination of graphite grades.

Fine drawing pencils here.

3. Erasers
In my experience, erasers have a lot to do with the paper and medium you use. School erasers seem to work with light pencil sketches. Anything dark and a school eraser  doesn't lift and sometimes smears the drawing.

My favorite eraser is a kneaded eraser .You can pull it apart and sculpt them into the shape you want, dab, rub, pretty anything you'd like.

There's a number different types of erasers, you can find more information on their differences here.

4. Blending Stump
  A blending stump is a stick of tightly wrapped pressed paper. It is used to blend your sketches, create gradations, and make different tones. They also  really help to make your pictures look smooth and cover up stray pencil marks.

A lot of people also use their a tissue,  paper towel, or even you finger. However you  fingers contain skin oils that can make the drawing look dull or dirty.

You can find blending stumps here

5. Pencil Sharpener
   There's multiple ways to sharpen a pencil. The basic manual, twist one, electric ones, and fine sandpaper.  I think a plain pencil sharper you manually twist or an electric works the best. And sharpen often! A pointy tip makes you lined more precise.

You can find pencil sharpeners here