Fearless Friday, Tea Party


Let’s have a tea party today!





Pick out a pretty cup!





The photo below, from Amber @Follow the Yellow Brick Road, was my inspiration





It looks complicated, but one step at a time makes it doable





I started with a pencil sketch,

sketching the bottom cup first and then adding the rest of the cups





There was plenty of erasing and adjusting as I went along





The saucers were giving me fits,

but I decided I would ignore them for now

and do an ink outline on the cups





I have a love/hate relationship with watercolor brush pens,

sometimes they work great and others, not so much





I began doing the pattern on the top cup with watercolor brush pens

and quickly discovered they weren’t going to blend out the way I wanted





I returned to traditional watercolor

I use a combination of watercolor tubes and pan watercolors





Now I was getting the soft blends I wanted





I always keep a color chart handy for reference





The intricate flowers and pattern elements are merely suggested with a few strokes






Painting the design on the saucers helped get them to look better





I put gold dots on the bottom cup and saucer to fill out the pattern

and added shadows





I used a black fine liner pen for final details



“Tea Party” 5″ x 7″ watercolor and ink, on mixed media paper



Tea Party is available in my Society 6 shop on 12 items


Tea Party Cutting Board,   Canvas Print

Stationary Card,    Framed Print



Try something out of your comfort zone and have fun!

Be Fearless!


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity    What’s for Dinner?

Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday

Turn About Tuesday  Celebrate Your Story, You’re the Star

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck  Friday Features  Over the Moon

33 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Tea Party”
  1. Jenna, a stack of lovely tea cups and saucers, does it get any better? Oh, how I love this! You are an amazing talent…Happy Friday!

  2. Rita C. says:

    That’s fabulous! Amber should be very happy with the inspiration, and you should be quite happy with the results!

  3. lghiggins says:

    I love floral teacups. This is beautiful!

  4. Rosie M. says:

    I have collected teacups and saucers for years and your print captures their delicate nature and colorful designs that have made me so enamored of them. Well done, Jenna. Another wonderful way to start off Friday morning!

  5. pattyanneart says:

    I love teacups and yours are fabulous, Jenna!! Such pretty colors and designs. 💚🌸

  6. Mary says:

    Beautiful! Love the wash of blue for the shadows! I predict it’s a best-seller 🙂

  7. Love this to the max! It’s darling. And a wonderful exercise, too. I might have to try this one. Teacups I do have!

  8. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Your teacupstack is fantastic, Jenna! I love it! I admire your watercolors. Watercolor is such a hard medium!

  9. Michelle says:

    This is so pretty!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Cyndi Raines says:

    Very pretty. Each cup is unique! Well done!

  11. Sheryl says:

    Beautiful – I love how you break apart things that look complicated, and make me realize that maybe I could actually draw something similar. I also enjoyed seeing how you shifted away from watercolor brush pens when they weren’t quite working without throwing the partially done picture away and starting over.

    • Thanks Sheryl, art always comes with lots of “happy accidents,” the challenge is to make them work for you! I really enjoyed doing these teacups, it was out of my comfort zone which is what I think made it fun…the hardest part was the basic drawing, getting the shapes right…I did a lot of erasing 🙂

  12. Carol S. says:

    I love this picture and I love tea parties.

  13. Linda says:

    Love the painting.

  14. Kitty says:

    I LOVE how you get inspired and just go for it, Jenna!! Your teacup design is just darling and turned out so cute.

  15. Allyson says:

    Yes, your inspiration photo looks daunting, but you make it look so much easier with your tutorial. Visiting from OMHG Wonderful Wednesday.

  16. anartfulmom says:

    Oh, those are so gorgeous! Very very pretty and delicate. Great tutorial too!

  17. Jill Kuhn says:

    Your teacups turned out amazing!! I just love how you did this! The floral patterns you painted are so lovely. I have several teacups given to me by family. Some day I may try to paint them too. ❤️

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