Fearless Friday, Paint & Doodle!

Today I want to share a fun method

that will build your confidence as an artist~

you literally can not make a mistake!

I call this technique “paint and doodle”

Load a round brush with watercolor and paint a few simple shapes

Continue to add more shapes,

using a lot of water with your color

so the color will bleed and puddle on the paper

Use whatever colors you like and place shapes anywhere on the paper

Continue painting your fantasy garden with various shapes and colors

See how the colors “bleed” into the paper as the water dries

leaving ruffled edges in some of the shapes

Let the paint dry~

you can use a hand held personal fan to speed up this process

or use the corner of a paper towel to absorb unwanted puddles

Then pick up a liner pen and doodle!

Doodle freely, loosing outlining the colored shapes

and adding lines wherever you want

Keep strokes very loose,

and add some scribbles in the flower centers

Next a few black dots scattered about for drama

And some large color dots to make everything pop!

“Fantasy Garden” 9″ x 12″ watercolor, ink and marker on mixed media paper

It’s also fun to try using a limited color palette like blue and green

I began this one by putting a large puddle of water on the paper,

then dropping the paint into the water with a brush

and letting the color move and bleed at will

As the colors blend into each other and the water dries

an interesting magical shape is created

A few more shapes…

Then, time to doodle!

Very fast and loose lines create the flowers,

and then I decided to add more green

This time I added more lines with a turquoise blue pen

and watercolor splatter to finish

I hope you’ll give this technique a try~

Gather a few flower photos and images

to inspire your colors, shapes and composition

It’s so much fun and anything goes!

Be Fearless!

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22 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Paint & Doodle!”
  1. It turned out really beautiful!

  2. Jenna, I think that I could do this! Your paint and doodle turned out beautiful! Happy Friday and Roll Tide 🅰️🐘

  3. I love doing this technique although I don’t do it as much as I should. I especially love your blues and greens together. So happy! Playing with water and bleeds is so much fun and they’re wonderful for flowers. I love the ones you did!

  4. lghiggins says:

    I love the way you bleed the colors. So lovely.

  5. I love your work with the liner pen and doodling around the watercolors. Very uplifting and cheerful art!

  6. pattyanneart says:

    Love love this style, Jenna!! So playful and fun.

  7. Kari says:

    Jenna, when I “doodle” it looks nothing like your beautiful doodling. Sigh, oh well, I will just sit back and admire yours. Happy Saturday my friend.

  8. Mary says:

    A super fun technique Jenna! I love the addition of the squiggly outlines and dots and/or splatter! ♥

  9. How pretty, love the colors you chose!!

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    So pretty! I love your flowers!! I may have to get out my watercolors and give your technique a try! I can always use a bright bouquet of color in the winter! 💐

  11. NikiLEOwife says:

    You’re so talented! Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!

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