Fearless Friday, Drawing by Shapes

  This is a fun way to approach a complicated subject like a flower bloom If you break it down by shapes, and draw the shapes individually as you see them, you can create a drawing that is much like a mosaic       Pick a focal point and start building from there   … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Flowers on a Chippy Chair

  Do you ever see a photo and think, “I’ve got to paint that!”           I started with a light sketch of the main flower with colored pencil         Using that as a guide, light color washes were added to determine the shapes and locations of the other … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Palm leaves in Goauche

  Have you ever painted with goauche paint?  It is similar to watercolor, but it is more opaque         I bought an inexpensive set of 24 colors and a palette pan         This is just like my watercolor palette, with individual pans that can be moved around     … Continue reading

Creations, Summer Crafts

Summer has officially arrived in the South, with sunny days and highs in the 80s, people are busy enjoying the beach and the water on the coast     Even if summer hasn’t arrived where you live, here are some of my favorite summer crafts that will bring summer right to your door Give your … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Watercolor Hydrangreas

Time to paint! I have painted lots of hydrangeas in acrylic, like Pam’s Hydrangeas,  {tutorial here}       And on glassware         I decided to try doing them in watercolor, which to me is a much less forgiving medium           As you can see with the steps … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Ode to the Strawberry

Happy Fearless Friday!       This month, in the recipe department of the Painted Apron, we are celebrating the beginning of strawberry season in the South         You can see a round-up of great strawberry recipes here,  Definitely make the Fresh Strawberry Dressing!         Since we are winding … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Watercolor

  Tell  me, what do you see?         With flowers in mind, I dropped spots of  watercolor on a paper that had been dampened randomly Tilt the paper to create runs and drips I quickly used a brush to spread some of the larger drops into shapes I had photos of different … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Seahorse

Last week we had Fun with Watermelon, experimenting with different mediums.  This week I intended to do a rough sketch to refer to as I painted a decorative board, but I ended up getting a little carried away… so you can see two very different versions of the seahorse, one in marker and ink, and … Continue reading

Creations, Birthday Bottles

      I am just crazy about this Birthday tissue paper, and bought it one day with no particular plan in mind…I also bought some other bright and happy prints and stashed them away for a future project         I also save interesting bottles, like this opaque black 19 Crimes Chardonnay…the … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Fun with Watermelon

We are going to paint today, but first I want to share where my watermelon inspiration came from…       The Traveling Tote gals decided to have a voluntary gift swap, and our fearless founder, Patti, paired us up         We were directed to send something representative of our home state … Continue reading

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