Fearless Friday, Using Line

Happy Ground Hog Day…

I hope the ground hog doesn’t see his shadow today and that Spring is on the way!

I’ve been painting flowers lately, dreaming of Spring




This one began with a loose ink sketch






I choose a focal point to begin,

like the daffodils and blooms on the left in the magazine inspiration photo below,

and build the composition from there






If  you do a pencil sketch first, erase it before you add color

A white gel pen, or a paint pen is handy for corrections

It is visible now because the paper is not pure white, but once color is added it will disappear





Once the composition was established, color washes were added






And from there it magically grew by itself





I used watercolor brush pens, markers, and a 0.4 black fine liner pen

make sure you use an archival {waterproof} liner pen or the ink will bleed

Once I was happy with the colors, I went back and added more lines for details





Here is another floral done in a more modern style,

simple shapes, exaggerated colors and lines






This fast and loose watercolor began with color areas,

and came to life at the end with the addition of a few simple lines




I was about to trash this painting,

the colors were too blaring and it felt stiff,

but I decided to add some lines to define the shapes



This is not a favorite painting, but it was a fun exercise




One last touch can take a creation from bland to grand!

{or at least better}

Be Fearless and experiment!


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26 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Using Line”
  1. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful flowers, Jenna!!
    Love the bright colors and great tips!! ❤️💜💚

  2. Rita C. says:

    I am not an artist in your genre, but I love seeing your activity unfold as you do. Happy Fearless Friday!

  3. I love these Jenna and find them inspiring. I recently returned to line sketching/color, which I hadn’t done for ages. It does add some wonderful detail and accent and that’s very clear in your flower paintings. Your shading with the brush markers is really outstanding. I need to focus more on that. This one is a good inspiration piece for me to remember!

    • Thank you Jeanie, I am loving the brush markers. Do you have a water brush? It’s a brush with a water chamber so clear water flows to the brush with a squeeze. You can use it to blend some brands of markers, like Tombow. It’s tons of fun to use and no messy water containers required!

  4. Beautiful Jenna!

    Johanne Lamarche


  5. Miz Helen says:

    You are truly bringing us a beautiful breath of spring with such beautiful colors! Thanks so much for sharing you awesome talent with us!
    Have a great weekend,
    Miz Helen

  6. Rosie M. says:

    Jenna, I absolutely love watching your step-by-step process of creating your beautiful art pieces! It must give you so much joy to start out with an empty palette and end up with such beauty. Bravo! and thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Love the brilliant colors in your painting, Jenna. So fun watching the process. Have a wonderful weekend!!

  8. Sharon Mann says:

    I love your palette of color, these watercolor paintings are stunning!

  9. Jill Kuhn says:

    WOWZA!! Your bouquets are beaUtiFUL!! 💐💐💐 I like your hand-lettering too! 🎨👍 Thanks for brightening my day! 😍

  10. Stacey says:

    So pretty! I’m always amazed by how easy you make it look but you know…it’s really not. You have a special talent. 🙂

  11. Linda says:

    Wow Jenna, so beautiful and they do remind me of Spring. We are having Spring like weather this week. 70 tomorrow.Love your painting, you are so talented. Have a great weekend.

  12. Jacqueline says:

    Oh i would love it if I could do anything like these. Though my eyes they are all perfect!

  13. Mary says:

    Beautiful flowers Jenna! I LOVE your bouquet from your inspiration photo! The groundhog saw its shadow here. We had a chance of snow in the forecast for Sunday but they’ve changed it to rain thankfully. I’m dreaming of spring too. 💐🌸🌼🌷🌻🌞

  14. Now those are gorgeous and much better color then what is outside my window right now. That yucky white fluffy stuff! Beautiful Jenna!

  15. Jenna, I am late to comment! I always enjoy your Fearless Friday posts! Your beautiful florals make me yearn for spring! Each one makes me happy, you are so talented!

  16. thefrenchhutch says:

    I love all of your art but the florals always steal my heart. These are beautiful and I love the step by step instructions. Liked I’ve said before, you make it look so easy while I know it’s not……Happy week Jeanna…….

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